Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dispatches from the copyright wars

The "Pirate" Parties --at least in European countries with proportional representation -- stand for free copying, and they have the merit of not being ashamed to call it piracy. Julia Schramm became so well known as a leader of the German Pirates that she got a book contract. It's being copied -- and Julia and her publisher are energetically pursuing the copiers... for piracy.

Freecopying is when you use someone's else stuff; infringement is when they use yours.

Closer home, John Degen observes how it works here. He quotes a Canadian freecopier's recent testimony to parliament and translates it as: 
We don't intend to use fair dealing to avoid paying for books; we simply intend to use it to avoid paying for books.
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