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Jun. 18th, 2004 | 02:08 pm

The INDUCE act will probably be introduced tomorrow. It would create a new class of liability--that of inducing someone to violate copyright.

As far as I could tell this would render TiVos, VCRs, Dual deck tape recorders, photocopiers, and perhaps even pencils illegal.

Copyright holders are drunk on their own power. They are continuing to try to grab the ultimate power to control what can and can't be duplicated or incorporated into new works.

The end result of this is a totalitarian state where the copyright holders control who can and cant create because only they hold the legal teams that can validate that a work has all of the proper licenses.

They argue that copyright must exist as artists need motivation to create.

This is a lie

From what I've seen, it's not that we need to induce people to create art, instead our society actively tries to thwart artists. We tell people they can't survive as artists that they should be content with "real" jobs, we restrict what ideas they can build from, we try to block access to new means of distribution, we tell them that only "professionals" can create art.

And yet, people still strive to create with whatever they can find in their lives.

To me it seems like our very psychology demands that we create.

Copyright as it is being extended is a tool to crush creativity. It is a tool of oppression, a tool to control what one can and cannot say--or think.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Jun. 18th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
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::nattergromish:: BURN the pencils! Destroy them all!

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Jun. 18th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
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The increasing extremes to which these people will go, I take as a sign that they're getting desperate, and that the end (for them) is nigh. They know they can't win the slow fight, so they're trying to get some massive thing passed in a hurry, because they know it's the only chance they have.

It won't work either.

http://www.eff.org/effector/17/20.php#II mentions more optimistic news along these lines, FWIW.

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