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Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright

Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright

Posted Sep 29, 2005 11:26 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
In reply to: Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright by mauvaisours
Parent article: The Authors' Guild and Google Print

Nothing illegal has been done, but there are now 2 copies of the CD, so the whole CD business is down in the dumps.

Sorry. The last step was illegal. This is distribution and that's prohibited. It does not matter if it's your friends CD: you must either delete your own copy or keep both copies, or you are distribtiong copyrighted work - and that's prohibited.

Looks perfectly reasonable to me and this is how normal people are viewing copyright anyway: noone who's not paid by madia companies think it's illegal to copy from legally bought audio-CD to your MP3 player.


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Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright

Posted Sep 29, 2005 11:56 UTC (Thu) by mauvaisours (guest, #6130) [Link]

OK with that. I didn't see it like that, but it makes perfect sense.

BTW, I'm probably on the same side of the atlantic as you mp, the "down in the dumps" parts was of course mostly humour.

Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright

Posted Sep 30, 2005 22:28 UTC (Fri) by mp (subscriber, #5615) [Link]

I think I should maybe mention that I'm not so sure anymore if copying from a friend is still allowed use of copyrighted works here ('here' being Poland, to be precise) after some recent small changes to our law. How can I be if even copyright lawyers aren't. Though at least some of them seem to think it is still OK.

And record companies will probably claim that the whole CD business actually _is_ down in the dumps.

Problem I see with dropping the "Copy" part of copyright

Posted Sep 29, 2005 13:04 UTC (Thu) by bfields (subscriber, #19510) [Link]

Looks perfectly reasonable to me and this is how normal people are viewing copyright anyway: noone who's not paid by madia companies think it's illegal to copy from legally bought audio-CD to your MP3 player.

Note that what normal people think is perfectly reasonable is not unfortunately the same as what copyright law currently says. In this case I think you may be right (thanks to the home recording act). Replace audio CD by a piece of software, and you may not be. (See Mai Systems Corp. v. Peak Computer, Inc.)

But I agree, it would be great to draw the line at distribution instead of copying. That seems like a very sensible balance.


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