From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Karl Miller wrote, among which I would like to comment on
> A friend of mine used to go the library once a week.
> He would check out a stack of discs, take them home,
> copy them, make color copies of the covers, catalog his copy and add
> them to his collection. *When he figured out he could download what he wanted
> for next to nothing, or record things via the internet radio for free and
> store them digitally, he realized his old way of doing things was not very
> productive...the illegality of his old ways didn't seem to bother him much.
----- I do not understand the last part (from the * I have inserted). What he
could download or record via internet radio is only a poor substitute for the
linear signal he could obtain by copying. Obviously, if he copied the fine
linear signal to MP3, then the argument is valid. In Danish public libraries
there is a latency period subsequent to commercial publication of a CD,
during which it cannot be "checked out" from a library. This is one of the
necessary compromises, balancing the needs of record companies to have the
market to themselves and the right to know and to study in-depth of the
general public. Fair use is the buzz word that is almost forgotten.
P.S. I am increasingly buying original books and journals for my own
reference purposes, rather than wait for long delivery times for photocopies,
which are sometimes also quite costly.