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Subject:  Re: Leave Napster Alone! Date:  10/3/2000  11:26 PM
Author:  Babble Number:  431 of 919

<If Napster goes, then so should tape recorders, VCR's, and, for that matter, pens and paper.>

Yes, these are good examples. But just because its possible to do, doesn't make it right. For all of these examples, copying the digital product is easy but also illegal. The Digital Millennium Act, passed by Congress, confirms their illegality. AND it makes it illegal to specifically develop devices/techniques to bypass copy protection mechanisms. Napster falls into this category. If Napster refused to accept files absent the author's permission, then it would be quite ok and legal.

After all, it is the absolutely normal practice when copying someone else's published work, to first gain their permission. This is what copyrights and trademarks are all about. Failure to do this has long been accepted by society as theft and plagiarism.
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