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Simple Wood no longer needed to make campfires {WoW}

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P2P Part 3 {Blog Maverick}

Jan 17th 2008 12:46PM Clearly, the market has failed, and the government will be stepping in soon to stop this abomination.

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P2P Part 3 {Blog Maverick}

Nov 24th 2007 9:50PM Echoing the non-"you suck" comments on this post, I'm curious about your argument that what we have now isn't a market solution, and that we need one. I'd like to ask exactly what about the current situation isn't a market solution? Are there government regulations preventing ISPs from implementing your ideas? Or are you just calling something you disagree "non-market" as a polite way of calling it "commie"?

The Coming Dramatic Decline of Youtube {Blog Maverick}

Sep 18th 2006 1:37PM I'm just curious, since lots of people have weighed in on this, but does anyone have an on-point, unequivocal legal precedent that says "If I make a minute long video of me dancing to a portion of a copyrighted work, I'm violating that copyright" I'm not saying this facetiously, because I wouldn't be at all surprised if no such precedent doesn't actually exist. This isn't to say that a court WOULDN'T find it a violation, or that the attrition argument of copyright ligitation isn't significan't. But people are overlooking the fact that with Napster virtually ALL of the copyright infringement was on complete works: songs, albums, movies, etc. I'm not sure that the law is as clear on what happens if you take a portion of a copyrighted work, add content/repurpose it and create something original.

I can't go into a library, borrow a book, type the whole thing into my word processor and then post it wholesale on the Internet. If I'm writing a paper, however, and take a portion of the work for other purposes, the law becomes much less clear. So while posting an entire episode of a TV show may be infringment, posting a short clip for the purposes of public commentary/review may fall under some version of Fair Use. I'm not a legal scholar, but I'd be interested to hear the counterarguments to my statements.