Re: [rumori] Yahoo copyright grab

plagiarist (
Sat, 3 Jul 1999 22:49:10 -0700

On Sat, 3 Jul 1999, Taylor McLaren wrote:

> wrote:
> >yikes - this is supposed to calm people down? They'll be arbitrarily
> >converting 24-bit images from people's pages to 8-bit?.... [snippage]
> >Taken a step further, it could really screw
> >up people's reputations and/or businesses...
> Yeah, it's sort of like those bastards who gleefully muck around with
> samples without any regard for how they were originally supposed to... oh.
> I know that the parallel isn't even close to being perfect; colour depth
> and sample context are only barely related as far as I'm concerned, and I'm
> going to assume that this holds true for most other people on this list,
> too. As it was pointed out, this sort of procrustean makeover probably
> isn't going to happen in such a JPEG-friendly environment as the Web, but
> that latter comment about reputations and businesses definitely form the
> basis for an awful lot of the complaints that have been made about
> sampling. After all, might the idea of fair use not be applied to the
> arbitrary elimination of two-thirds of the colour information in a file so
> that it could be, say, distributed on a CD-ROM instead of being stored in a
> multi-gigabyte environment like a network drive array?
> These arguments all work two ways, it seems.
sure, if yahoo wants to use the 8-bit gifs to create a new work that
comments on the authors' work, then it's fair use ... but, if they
just degrade the images and stick it back up on the website
pretending it's the authors' original work, that's a different animal...
that's not like sampling, that's more like replacing cd's with badly
recorded counterfeits and claiming it's the original.


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