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April 3, 2002

Threat or menace? Newfangled filesharing terrorizes publishing industry! Get the news from Tom, the Dancing Bug. (Via BoingBoing.) [06:49 PM]
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James Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2002, 08:05 AM:

It's the same nonsense propaganda we've seen many times before.aaBelieve it or not, libraries aren't free. They're a line item in your town's budget, and they're paid for by your taxes whether you go to the library or not. How's that for a spin? Filesharing that taps into your pocket regardless of whether you even see the file! And if you don't pay for these files that you don't even use, men with guns will come to your house and take it away from you.aaPlus, every single copy in that library was bought and paid for, and royalties paid. When an old copy gets corrupted, a new one must be bought retail! No backups! And royalties paid again!aaAnd if they want two copies, they have to pay for two copies! And pay royalties on both of them! How radical!aaNot only that! When you return the book to the library, you don't still have it! If you want your own copy you have to go buy it! Retail! And pay royalties!aaHey, can we get a library in every town?

Scott Janssens ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2002, 03:16 PM:

I seem to remember a rule about exclamation points... :)

Beth Bernobich ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2002, 06:59 PM:

Scott: This is where Jim practices his secret vice of scattering exclamation points like daisies.aaJim: Thank you for that post. Very true, and far better put than I could manage. (I was too busy sputtering.)

Mike Sherwood ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2002, 10:23 AM:

Defiately the POPE is aparently a nice man personally (but would we ever know differant Remins me of the comment of the Irish comedian Dave Allen on being trapped in an old grave yard due to problems when shooting 'I read all these Epitasphs 'Beloved son' 'Dear wife' 'Much misssed' and it came to me Where do they bury all the right nasty bastards')but professinally he is not a force for good in our time. Anti-feminist Sympathiser with corrupt regimes (excluding comunism)general perpose reactionery. When is someone going to bring out a reprint of that old classic WHY WE SHOULD BOMB THE VATICAN by HG Wellsa DMS