A Modest Proposal to the Librarian of Congress

Submission Information

Proposed class or classes of copyrighted work(s) to be exempted:
Motion Pictures, Software, Audio Recordings, and Digital Text.
Brief summary of the argument(s) in support of the exemption proposed above:
These classes of works (Motion Pictures, Software, Audio Recordings, and Digital Text) have traditionally been granted copyrights for the purpose of encouraging the public dissemination of the works for the benefit and use of the public by providing a property incentive to the originator for a short period of time. The DMCA ignores this traditional cause of granting a copyright, and moreover establishes crippling restrictions on the aforementioned “benefit and use of the public”. As such, the DMCA’s use should be restricted to the text of the DMCA itself, with the consequence being that any private party which attempts to discern the workings of the DCMA with the intent to apply it in any broader fashion outside of the text of the Act itself would be committing a punishable, criminal action under the DMCA.

Just an idea ;)
I am awaiting a response from the LoC.
Found via Slashdot.
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November 3rd, 2005 | Books, Copyright, Current, Information, Law, Letters, Music, Rhetoric, Science, Security, Sucks, Technology, Transparency | No comments

Legal Eagles Fly High

Ever wondered what actual lawyers think about all this Creative Commons stuff? Grudgingly appreciative, I would surmise.

Further, you want to know why CC is important? It is making law via code.

Finally, I know you want to write all kinds of little graffiti on court cases. Open Source law is the idea. Now is your chance with the Legal Wiki Project. Try Grokster v. RIAA!

Bonus: is there any work on a wiki using OneNote-ish scribbling? I’m not talking about adding graffiti to existing sites, but about wiki software which explicitly enables that sort of thing. I sign into a wiki, and I can scribble on the pages. Call it the Child’s Playroom wiki.

April 26th, 2005 | Blogosphere, Computer, Copyright, Creative, Law | No comments