Decklin Foster on Sun, 14 May 2000 21:19:17 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Copyright and forgery

Benjamin Geer writes:

> Random House should be allowed to publish their novel, but they
> shouldn't be allowed to use Joyce's name or the title _Ulysses_.

Oh, I certainly agree. Think about the tradeoff here: I get assurance
that what what I buy is the `real thing'. I lose, well, nothing;
Random House can still publish their book with a more truthful name.
Of course, if their original intention was to dupe me, they lose --
but this is exactly what we want.

It should be noted that this isn't really a copyright issue; it falls
more under the heading of `fraud'. We could continue with our current
system of copyright and enforce this; we could reform copyright and
enforce this; we could abolish copyright and still enforce this.

The important thing is that every law is seen as a tradeoff and every
tradeoff is judged on its benefit to society as a whole. IMHO, we're
not doing this with copyright law.

There is no TRUTH. There is no REALITY. There is no CONSISTENCY. There
are no ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS. I'm very probably wrong. -- BSD fortune(6)

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