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At minimum , the recording device should be permanently confiscated as
that would dissuade all but the most rabid infringer considering the
cost.. In addition to paying for ALL of the court costs !!

R. Hodge

>>> [log in to unmask] 11/22/2004 8:24:04 PM >>>
In a message dated 11/22/2004 2:08:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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Well, it's just my personal opinion, but I think sending someone to
federal prison for videotaping a movie in a theater is a little harsh.

Matt
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It should depend entirely on what they do with it.

We are reaching the point where a recording device can be concealed in
almost
anything and many people, especially the young, feel compelled to keep
a log
of everything they do. I remember that made extensive use of cameras
and tape
recorders fifty years ago, in many places where they are banned now.
They were
never used to take income away from anyone; they made money for the
people
who made the equipment and media I used.

Much of that material still exists and could be used to document part
of the
way we were, a half century ago.  I doubt that much of it would be of
commercial value, but I also don't see how making it available would
hurt any of the
people who were involved in creating it two generations ago.

Of course to the extent that there are genuine ownership issues with
the
commercial content of the original material, distribution should be
controlled.
However the outright banning of the making such recordings in the first
place
seems to me unnecessary, impractical, and an undesirable restriction
on
documentation of our culture.

Mike Csontos