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Comment: The Real Danger (Score 1) 186

by TooOldEngineer (#17971872) Attached to: Jonathan Lethem On Plagiarism
The real danger from legal action against picayune infringements and the corrosive effect of DMCA on ISPs and the electronic publishing community, is the ever-present threat of action will create a cultural minsdet of self censorship including in the engineering and scientific communities) that will permanently damage our ability to build new ideas. Everything in human culture and human scientific knowledge is built upon a foundation of the pre-existing work of others. Perpetual copyright enforced through physical mechanisms, backed by the threat of overwhelming legal punishment, could turn a society into a feudal, static backwater. That said, pure piracy for profit and uncreative plagiarism are still morally wrong and should be punished. But that doesn't mean legal action should become the primary profit center for IP holders.......

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