Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2007 20:58 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright - to promote progress, for the benefit of the public - then we must make changes in the other direction. This talk by Richard M. Stallman is broken into two parts: the main talk and the question and answer sessions following the talk. Both are available in only OGG/Theora format in keeping with Stallman's wishes."
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Punishments not draconian?
by b3timmons on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: o_o;"
b3timmons
Member since:
2006-08-26

I fail to see your point. The abstract for the talk mentions draconian punishments that are being lobbied for. Moreover, merely claiming a current (unspecified) punishment applying to large-scale commercial copyright infringement is not draconian does not imply that none of the current punishments for infringement are draconian.

Edited 2007-07-22 02:19

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RE: Punishments not draconian?
by Tuishimi on Sun 22nd Jul 2007 02:24 in reply to "Punishments not draconian?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

If only some of the current punishments are draconian then why would this be such a big deal?

The punishments being lobbied for are for the protection of the rightsholders and to discourage rampant infringment, which does occur whether you believe it does or not.

I'm not saying that some are not extreme and that maybe some PROPOSED (not actual) laws would be worse. But doesn't the tone of this sound a bit extreme?

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