Re: [rumori] Re: pho: limited times in the Internet world

From: Steev Hise (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 22:48:29 PST

Tue, 20 Feb 2001 found Don Joyce quoting some guy "Duff":

>>minded, I try to keep reminding myself that for many artists, control is
>>even more important than cashola, and a compulsory license eviscerates that

This is interesting because in France and I think the UK and
some other European countries part of copyright law is
something called "Moral Rights" which basically, as i
understand it, give an artist control of the use of their
work, independant of copyright. so he could sell the
copyright of a work to some corporation but later forbid
them from using it in a certain situation. At least I think
this is how it works. I think it also covers the right to
always be credited for something.

I've always thought this was an interesting variant of
intellectual property law and wondered what it is about
American culture and jurisprudence that caused that to not
be included in our statutes. I suppose it's a bit too
romantic a notion, gets in the way. It upholds the
authorship funtion a little too strongly for capitalism's
tastes. Afterall, a commodity should be freely tradable, no
"moral" strings attached, right? heh.


Steev Hise, Would-be World-Wide Web Wizard (WWWWW)
"All we ever have is daily life. When so much of it is taken up
 with doing things we don't particularly want to do, going through
 motions of being who we don't particularly want to be, our lives
 are slipping away. As one uneasy hectic day follows another,
 many workers yearn for a substantive remedy. Dilbert is a
 cynical placebo."
                 -Norman Solomon, "The Trouble with Dilbert"

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