copyright straw

Wednesday October 06, 2004
I was just reading about Ted Nelson, who still believes he is locked in an epic struggle with the web. Is it possible to be locked in an epic struggle if your opponent doesn't even notice?

Anyway, I came to this site after reading my favorite philosophy-disguised-as-humor site, and I thought that some other people should see these things juxtaposed.

Mr. Nelson: (whose work I am citing in a manner I am sure he would not approve of)

Most people don't understand the copyright law and how much it restricts re-use of content. No other system allows such re-use and is legal.

Others are trying to break the law, hoping that copyright will become permanently unenforceable. Ethical issues aside, this is probably a mistake. They do not recognize the determination and resources of the publishing and film industries. The large fines and occasional imprisonment of violators are likely to be only the beginning.

Still others are trying to change the copyright law, which is now the same in most countries (the Berne convention). Good luck, but change is not likely.

We work within the law. With the transcopyright system we offer the only legal, honest, daylight method of making on-line content reusable in new ways. Transcopyright is a permission system (or license) which lawyers agree is probably legal in all countries.

Mr. Holkins:

Digital delivery, man. It just freaks these people out.

Imagine that you had to go to a well every time you wanted water. Then, somebody figured out a way to get the water to come out right inside your house! I don't blame them for being scared. Progress is a bitch.

Plumbing can only remain a crime for so long while people still get thirsty.