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Re: [Amps] Heath copyright

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Subject: Re: [Amps] Heath copyright
From: "Carl" <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 18:59:32 -0400
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Civil disobedience has a long standing history in the USA.
Copyrights should have the same limits as patents. The rest is all political 
and can be happily ignored by those who chose to do so.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Carter" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Heath copyright

> Nobody is denying the societal benefit of copyrights.  What is being
> disputed is the societal benefit of eternal copyrights, where all
> human knowledge/advances eventually become the property of an immortal
> corporation.  The Heathkit manual situation is on the periphery of an
> issue that's going to have to be resolved by some method other than
> our current solution, which is to ignore the law.  Increasingly, that
> isn't going to be possible as technology advances.
> And before you say "there are no eternal copyrights", while this is
> technically true, they're becoming eternal 25 years at a time.  You
> can't deny that this is the direction of travel.
> Freedom, and fairness, come down to an equitable solution for all
> members of a society.  Eternal copyrights via incrementalism is not
> equitable.
> Jeff/KD4RBG
> On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM, Jim Brown <> 
> wrote:
>> Copyright is NOT an abridgement of FREEDOM -- the constitution does not
>> allow us to steal bread off of our neighbor's table, nor from the cash
>> register of a business that bought a copyright, and that's what you're 
>> doing
>> when you violate a copyright.
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