Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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by Moredhas on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:43 UTC
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Let's apply this back to books, shall we? Australian publishers have made a felon of me because i happen to own a kobo (a very nice and affordable ebook reader). The books that I, and likely many others of the OSNews readership read, mostly sci-fi and fantasy the Australian publishers haven't purchased the ebook rights for. If I want to read anything by Peter F Hamilton, I'm forced to either spoof my IP to buy from an American store, doubtlessly infringing not just on Australian rights-holders' copyrights but also on import laws, or outright pirate the ebooks. Piracy is easier, obviously cheaper, and in fact more legal than actually buying a product! Most of the ebooks I've pirated, however, are morally greener because I already own the dead tree forms.

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RE: Copyright
by Morgan on Wed 1st Sep 2010 11:39 in reply to "Copyright"
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Most of the ebooks I've pirated, however, are morally greener because I already own the dead tree forms.

That's one of the areas where I have a real problem with modern copyright law, and the DMCA specifically. Fair use has been thrown out the window; long gone are the days when one could legally make a "working" copy of software, music or especially movies so the original can be archived. Back in the old days (the 80s for me) I remember even my cartridge-based TRS-80 games had a clause in the beginning of the manual stating I could make an archival copy.

Nowadays, the discs themselves are copy-protected and we have to violate the DMCA just to exercise fair use. It's greedy bullshit and it sucks, but when even the most progressive president we've had in years is against copyright reform, what can we do?

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