Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (5) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: Babble Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 919  
Subject: Re: Leave Napster Alone! Date: 10/3/2000 11:26 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 0
<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.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (5) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next


Foolanthropy 2014!
By working with young, first-time moms, Nurse-Family Partnership is able to truly change lives – for generations to come.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.