[LINK] Oz copyright amendment on /.
Sun, 04 Mar 2001 19:37:55 +1100
Danny Yee wrote:
> > The thread also included suggestions about how to deal with backups. One
> > poor dude complained - oh, the outrage - that he was expected to buy a
> > replacement if his copy was damaged because he left it on the floor.
> > (Suggestion - don't camouflage that precious disk with a used pizza box!)
> That's a specious response to a serious problem. I don't leave my
> disk arrays lying around where people can trip over them, but I like
> to have tape backups just in case -- shock! horror! -- there's some
> kind of media failure, or someone does something stupid.
Let's compare to other copyrighted media you pay for:
(*) do you photocopy books you buy, in case you damage the original
when using it as a beer coaster?
(*) do you make backups of audio CD's?
(*) when we used vinyl records, did you somehow make and keep a copy
of the vinyl? same observation for cassettes and (eek) 8-tracks :)
Hmmm ... all of a sudden, since it's digital and copyable, we should be
able to copy it. That's illogical and doesn't fit the precedent behaviour
w.r.t. copyrightable works.
Get with the plan. Society has always protected copyrighted material.
Coming to grips with easily-copyable digital media doesn't imply we should
throw the last century's IP practices out the door.
Now, if someone GPL's (or similar) their CD, DVD, whatever, then yup,
the licence allows *you* to copy it.
We should all have the right to licence/copyright our works how we see fit.
If I decree that my song recorded on such and such a medium shall only be
for sale in Wee Waw and will cost $150.00, and shall *not* be digitised
or made available on compuer, then so be it. That's my licence.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services Pty Limited