Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Feb 2013 02:02 UTC
Legal "This means that people can no longer get convicted for violating the copyright monopoly alone. The court just declared it illegal for any court in Europe to convict somebody for breaking the copyright monopoly law when sharing culture, only on the merits of breaking the law. A court that tries somebody for violating the copyright monopoly must now also show that a conviction is necessary to defend democracy itself in order to convict. This is a considerably higher bar to meet." Well, that's progress, I guess.
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RE[3]: Interesting
by r_a_trip on Fri 8th Feb 2013 11:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
r_a_trip
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There is one fundamental difference. In case of sharing a copyrighted work, there is a book, a movie or some other dead thing attached to the information and maybe an expectation of monetary remuneration. When it comes to user profiling, the attached object is a living, breathing being, with hopes, dreams, feelings, emotions, etc. They don't tend to thrive too well when they are treated like cattle to make a profit of off.

It's a choice we need to make. Will we go for "Only the strong survive, so I don't have a problem making a buck by selling my own grandma to the highest bidder." or do we go for "As a group we want and need to make sure everybody has the best chance to lead a dignified and happy life."

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