[fc-uk-discuss] Public Domain is a Crime
rob at robmyers.org
Mon Dec 19 14:36:24 GMT 2005
On 16 Dec 2005, at 21:30, Crosbie Fitch wrote:
> If you walk into Woolworths and buy a CD of "Great 78s from the 20s -
> remastered". Even if the original 78rpm recordings are public
> domain, the CD
> is not. You would infringe copyright if you copied the CD. You have
> to find
> one of those rare 78s and make your own copy.
I'm not sure how this is different from photographing a painting,
which many lawyers are willing to claim would create a copyright. I
strongly disagree with their opinion, but there hasn't been a test of
this in a UK court.
I'd love to see a UK Bridgeman vs. Corel.
> This is why the public domain is crap in terms of securing stuff
> for the
> future. Whilst copyright remains, you have to use CC-SA or GPL if
> you want
> to ensure people can always have free access to work intended for
> the PD.
I agree. I also have no time for BSD licensing, which is basically a
figleaf on PD.
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