Comments on: iPac: bravo http://www.lessig.org/2004/09/ipac-bravo/ Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Joseph Pietro Riolo http://www.lessig.org/2004/09/ipac-bravo/#comment-23019 Sat, 02 Oct 2004 13:26:57 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/09/ipac_bravo.html#comment-23019 Sorry to say but iPac does not deserve our support.

First, note the word “ideas” in the first principle.
The present U.S. copyright law does not grant copyright
on any ideas, no matter how big or little they are.
Therefore, the ideas are always in the public domain.
The first principle of iPac is in fact against the
public domain. (The word “creators” is a myth but that
does not bother me as much as “ideas”.)

Second, the purpose behind copyright is not to compensate
the authors and artists. The purpose is to increase
the domain and dissemination of the knowledge (science
means knowledge). iPac’s first and second principles
are in conflict. If a law is judged that it prompts
the knowledge but does not fairly compensate authors
and artists, does that mean that the law is not good?
On the other side, if a law is judged that it fairly
compensate authors and artists but does not prompt
knowledge, does that mean that the law is not good?
The bottom line is that the first and second principles
are not in harmony.

Third principle – I have no strong opinion on it.

It seems that iPac does not know where its priority is.
If the public domain is the top priority, iPac should
carefully word principles to show that the public domain
is the overriding goal. If the authors and artists should be
compensated, iPac should change the wording in the
principles to show that the public domain is less
important than the authors and artists’ compensation.

How should common people show their support? Vote with
money. If you don’t support RIAA, don’t buy their
products or don’t spend too much money on their products.
If you don’t support MPAA, don’t buy their products or
don’t spend too much money on their products. And so on.

Joseph Pietro Riolo
<riolo@voicenet.com>

Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions
in this comment in the public domain.

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By: Mark Earnest http://www.lessig.org/2004/09/ipac-bravo/#comment-23018 Thu, 30 Sep 2004 17:18:28 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2004/09/ipac_bravo.html#comment-23018 What I find interesting about this is that it cuts across party boundries. Some of the most abusive legislation for the concept of fair use and pro fair use legislation comes from both sides of the isles. You really cannot look at this issue and say “damn (democrats|republicans)”.

This iPac is a great idea and has my support.

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