Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Apr 2009 16:00 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes We had an interesting week here over at OSNews. We had lots of talk about the Windows worm Conficker, information regarding computer sales figures, a sentence in the Pirate Bay case, and much, much more. This week's My Take is about the irony of copyright law.
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Straw man
by Chicken Blood on Sun 19th Apr 2009 19:43 UTC
Chicken Blood
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2005-12-21

"Don't you find it ironic that politicians, who shove these strict insane copyright laws upon us in the first place under pressure form the big media companies, now suddenly want to give themselves exemptions?"

"Politicians". You are making a generalization and then using a specific individual's actions to imply some kind of widespread hypocrisy. Do you have some evidence that this particular politician is some kind of copyright law advocate? Maybe he is in total agreement with you and has done nothing to enforce the status quo with regard to copyrights.

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Wrong argument...
by Fusion on Sun 19th Apr 2009 19:53 UTC
Fusion
Member since:
2005-07-18

DeVore is a moron to attempt justifying via First Amendment rights. "Fair use" would be a better argument for the fact that he changed lyrics to poke fun/discredit something. Then again, his use falls more within the realm of satire than parody...

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The have robbed the public domain.
by matthekc on Sun 19th Apr 2009 21:12 UTC
matthekc
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2006-10-28

Copyright Act of 1790 both provided for an initial term of 14 years, renewable once by living authors for an additional 14 years.

Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 - extended terms to 95/120 years or life plus 70 years.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 - criminalized some cases of copyright infringement.

Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 - criminalized more cases of copyright infringement, permitted technology to "sanitize" works.


The U.S. copyright on Steamboat Willie released on November 18, 1928 will be in effect through 2023 unless there is another change of the law.

You may know steamboat Willie as Mickey Mouse.

Not only have they robbed us of public domain but now they want to rape anyone who dares to defy them.

I for one want to see the people take back what's ours. Some of our greatest tools are the creative commons licences support CC content to hit them in the wallet. The only real way to get our public domain back is to make it a political issue

Edited 2009-04-19 21:15 UTC

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Irony...
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 19th Apr 2009 23:40 UTC
StephenBeDoper
Member since:
2005-07-06

"So now we're forced to work together. How ironic."
"Wait - that's not ironic! Ironic would be if we had to work together to hurt each other!"
"I think it would be ironic if our guns didn't shoot bullets, but instead squirted a healing salve that cured all wounds."
"I think it would be ironic if everyone was made of iron."

(2 hours later)

"Okay. So we all agree that the current situation is not totally ironic, but it is odd in an unexpected way that defies our normal circumstances."

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RE: Irony...
by B12 Simon on Mon 20th Apr 2009 09:03 UTC in reply to "Irony..."
B12 Simon Member since:
2006-11-08

Maybe it's ironic in an Alanis Morrisette sense (i.e. not ironic at all, just some slightly annoying stuff that happens).

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