Thursday, April 12, 2012

Copying is not theft

The copyright lobby has based its public relations campaigns on the slogan Copying is Theft, as if that demonstrates the immorality of the matter. Now a federal appeals court ruled:
Judges find former Goldman Sachs programmer was wrongly charged with theft and espionage after he downloaded code to a high-speed trading system.
This follows a prominent explanation:
However, in a rather brilliant OpEd piece in the NY Times, law professor Stuart Green not only demolishes the "infringement = theft" argument, he also gives some of the history about how it came about
They need a new metaphor.

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