Wednesday, October 01, 2003


10 Big Myths about copyright explained  

10 Big Myths about copyright explained: "
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.
- by Brad Templeton

Note that this is an essay about copyright myths. It assumes you know at least what copyright is -- basically the legal exclusive right of the author of a creative work to control the copying of that work. If you didn't know that, check out my own brief introduction to copyright for more information. Feel free to link to this document, no need to ask me. Really, NO need to ask. "

Others have posted this in their blogs, so you might wonder why I bother. First off, you might not have come across one of those other links. With so much content out there, most of which receives no promotion outside of word-of-mouth, there are probably tens of thousands of worthwhile blogs that no-one but the author and his buddies has ever read.

Thoe other reason is because in this world of 'sue your neighbor at the drop of a hat' anythig that educates us on how to stay OUT of court deserves all the press it can get.

Such is the case with Brad's web page on copyright myths. Copyrights have been much in the news, lately, and there is so much information and misinformation out there, that we desparately need someone, ANYone, to tell us what we can and can't legally do. Now, you're not going to get me to believe that people downloading pirated music don't know what they're doing, save some pre-teen offenders, but where does that leave people who think nothing of taping a favorite TV show or song off the radio? I'm not saying anything is right OR wrong at this point. I'm saying that some major revamp of the whole system needs to be done NOW, rather than later. Things, as they stand, are just too contradictory for any of us to feel safe doing ANYTHING involving copyrighted material.

It's not easy being afraid all the time.

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