From: Bill Morrow (penzance_at_icanect.net)
Date: Mon Apr 12 1999 - 16:38:33 EDT
This is begining to sound like the birth control debate, or, dare i mention the
reason goes out the window and the great spirit (fill in your own version of god)
tells you what to do, and do it you do.. :-)
you do it against any force arrayed against you.. law, reason, fairness, sanity..
a little flexability is, i think, in order.. and perhaps a big portion of minding
ones own business, climbing off the pulpit and changing the subject.. :-)
Randal Whittle wrote:
> At 12:31 AM 4/12/99 -0700, you wrote:
> > Are you planning on raising kids
> >> and telling them "It's OK to sign contracts and make promised that
> >> you don't intend to honor"?
> >Perhaps you're referring to the little stickers on the back of
> >software disks that say "By breaking this seal you agree to all of
> >these contract terms"? Well, those little stickers have no legal
> >standing. You can't agree to a complete contract by breaking a little
> >seal. Many software vendors wish that they could make you do so, but
> >that's not the way it works.
> I'm a little surprised by David's reaction...does he really think that
> everyone on the list checks their e-mail every hour, particularly on
> weekends? For goodness sakes...do you ever go outside?!
> Furthermore, the legalisms & technicalities in some of these asanine
> software "agreements" (which are anything *but*) are absurd at best. A few
> have tried to be reasonable...like Borland used to have in their license
> that you could put the software on two machines (i.e., my Thinkpad *and* my
> desktop). But generally, the so-called license "agreements" are, (*ahem*)
> a crock of shit.
> As to whether I (or anyone else?) am a pirate?
> If by that you mean "Do I make it a practice to copy disks for resale or
> buy them from others who do so", the answer is an emphatic *No*.
> But if you instead define "Pirate" as one who takes his singular copy
> of...oh, say my e-mail program, and installs it on both my laptop as well
> as my desktop machine...
> ...if that's how you define a pirate, then the answer is YES, DAMMIT--I'M
> A PIRATE BECAUSE I PAID FOR THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE AND EXPECT TO HAVE A
> RIGHT TO USE IT ON WHICHEVER FRIGGIN' MACHINE I HAPPEN TO BE IN FRONT OF AT
> THE TIME.
> Okay, done ranting.
> Intellectual property is an important issue worth respecting and taking
> seriously. It is *not* however something that should be taken to an
> extreme, with asanine and absurd restrictions that transcend all reason.
> ...nor should disagreements over it be lumped in with murder, hate crime,
> gang rapes, or narcotics distribution. Get a life, for heavens sake.
> Leave your e-mail for more than a couple of hours and go outside.
> Randal Whittle rwhittle_at_usa.net (213) 746-7891
> Whittle Solutions -- Marketspace Strategy Consultant
> New Economy - New Rules - New Strategies
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