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Re: Shoplifting, concealment, liability presumption

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Shoplifting, concealment, liability presumption
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:07:48 -0000
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Here is a story from Colorado:

A person who borrowed a DVD from a public library and never
returned it was arrested on a theft warrant which had been
issued by the city. There was obviously no theft when the
DVD was first borrowed, so we that something can become a
crime over time even without specific action. Similarly,
copying and distributing GPL-covered works without honoring
the conditions of the license is copyright infringement,
regardless of the circumstances under which the copier first
obtained the work.

(Of course the arrest caused a contretemps and the charges
were subsequently dropped, but that's not relevant.)

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