Saturday, 27 March 2010

What they are NOT - Theft, Piracy, Illegal file sharing...

Theft is criminal. Copying a rights protected work is a civil offence, not a criminal one.

This is just another name for theft, see above.

Illegal downloads
There is no such things as illegal downloads. What is a civil offence is the making a copy of a rights protected work without paying for it.

Illegal file sharing
File sharing is not illegal. Otherwise the whole internet would be illegal. Every time you access a web page you share a file.

There is no such thing as deviceright. Much as companies would like, and try hard, to control the channels of distribution, they have no legal right to do so.

Has existed for hundreds of years. It started as 14 years and is now 70 years after death for music. It gives a work's creator the right to distribute his work once it is fixed in a published or recorded form.

The internet is a public space. Much as some people and companies (Facebook, Twitter... and including the public ones like the BBC) would like to dominate it with their own private spaces and rights control (DRM).

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