Interoperability for games is fundamentally flawed reasoning
Posted Aug 24, 2005 21:39 UTC (Wed) by Ross
In reply to: Interoperability for games is fundamentally flawed reasoning
Parent article: On the defense of piracy enablers
Fine, you don't have enough time to answer every email or to rebut every point. But you did start the discussion with a press release. You had enough time to write that.
And as to your argument, you continue to conflate what you believe is "how the game industry works" with what the law is. You suggest how things should be and then argue things as if that is how they are. So we are not making any progress in the discussion of why the EFF should have lost. You apparently see what I consider reasonable and even-handed as "anti-IP fundamentalism". Obviously that's a difference of opinion, but it must be based on your belief in the idea of something like an artist's right to have their work viewed "as they intended". Such a thing doesn't exist here, at least not in a legal sense based on copyright. Morally, creating such a right offends my sense of freedom. Copyright gives control over duplication, public display, derivative works, etc. Copyright does not (and should not) include additional rights like absolute control all aspects of the use of the protected work.
Saying that not wishing to extend copyight to those extremes (which it thankfully hasn't yet been extended to, though the DMCA moves in that direction) is "anti-IP fundamentalism" smells like a political soundbite. You must have been around the politicians for too long :) Maybe giving the IP-industry lobbyists something to be happy about will quench their thirst for software patents, but I doubt it. Besides, though you protest this is all about the need for a "balanced" treatment of copyrights to offset the image of the EFF to the politicans in light of the battle against software patents, it seems you are really the one which sees the EFF, myself, and others as "anti-IP", and that it would primarily make you feel better, not the politicians.
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