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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:19 -0000
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Alan Mackenzie <> writes:

> In gnu.misc.discuss David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Alan Mackenzie <> writes:
>>> Hey, I write free software too.  :-) I also don't download music or
>>> films (apart from very occasionally non-copyright recordings).
>> There is no such beast.  Even if the original has been created more than
>> 50 years ago, the process of digitizing is, like making a good
>> photograph of a painting, something needing nominal skills and judgment
>> and consequently bordering on copyrightable.
> These recordings are, presumably, placed on the internet by the people
> who remake them, in the expectation they will be downloaded.  This surely
> constitutes a form of consent (or is it entrapment?) They are donating
> their work to the public good, just as other hackers do.

That does not make them non-copyright.

David Kastrup

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