1994-02-01 - Re: archiving on inet

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <pmetzger@lehman.com>
To: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
Message Hash: 83591a6f3fe0409e7fedd0b2f645b55e1e1bd0b796e15a95fca6bd2c0ec300f8
Message ID: <199402012126.QAA03329@snark>
Reply To: <199402012121.QAA11869@eff.org>
UTC Datetime: 1994-02-01 21:30:41 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 13:30:41 PST

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <pmetzger@lehman.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 13:30:41 PST
To: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
Subject: Re: archiving on inet
In-Reply-To: <199402012121.QAA11869@eff.org>
Message-ID: <199402012126.QAA03329@snark>
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Mike Godwin says:
> > Try to sue for damages when your work is available for free to
> > millions of people. The judge will laugh in your face, copyright or
> > no. Damages are, after all, related to lost revenue -- if you allow
> > anyone who wants to see something for free in one medium, you will
> > have a fucking hard time to keep them from examining it in another
> > equivalent medium.
> One can register the work and sue for statutory damages and attorneys'
> fees. No need to prove damages in such a case.

Absolutely true, but one has to say "Copyright" in the work in such a
case. Virtually no usenet work has that magic word in it. From what I
understand, if you don't say "Copyright" they can stop you in court
but there is a presumption going for the defendant.