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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)
Nice reply - the dinosaur media companies and Microsoft have enough clout to make some things illegal that are flying in the face of what's sensible. They are motivated by enormous greed, not by what is sensible public policy.

If the church of the medieval monks had enough clout to outlaw the printing press, because it threatened an end run around their monopoly on hand copied books, that would not have make it right.

Sometimes the law reflects good. Sometimes it reflects greed.

This seems to be a pretty clear case of the latter.

45 posted on 12/23/2006 7:47:54 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Nice reply - the dinosaur media companies and Microsoft have enough clout to make some things illegal that are flying in the face of what's sensible. They are motivated by enormous greed, not by what is sensible public policy.

No, it was a silly reply. Say what you will about the "dinosaur media companies," at least they produce something that other people want. In contrast, file sharers produce nothing.

Sensible public policy would encourage people to produce. It would not encourage people to steal other people's work.

If the church of the medieval monks had enough clout to outlaw the printing press, because it threatened an end run around their monopoly on hand copied books, that would not have make it right.

Bad analogy. A better analogy would be if the monks forbade anyone from printing copies of their illuminated books without permission. That would be their right.

If the owners of the printing presses wanted books to print, they would have to get permission from the church, hire their own authors, or write the books themselves.

Sometimes the law reflects good. Sometimes it reflects greed. . . . This seems to be a pretty clear case of the latter.

See my tag line.

67 posted on 12/23/2006 9:37:58 PM PST by Logophile (No one is greedier than those who expect to enjoy the work of others without paying for it.)
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