1994-02-01 - Re: archiving on inet

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
To: pmetzger@lehman.com
Message Hash: a9a1c7d3b6b4c3e974ec390d66a86eea1ff22729d920d8e08bec6268880cf466
Message ID: <199402012139.QAA12055@eff.org>
Reply To: <199402012126.QAA03329@snark>
UTC Datetime: 1994-02-01 21:40:44 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 13:40:44 PST

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 13:40:44 PST
To: pmetzger@lehman.com
Subject: Re: archiving on inet
In-Reply-To: <199402012126.QAA03329@snark>
Message-ID: <199402012139.QAA12055@eff.org>
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Perry writes:

> 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.

This is not true.

> 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.

May have been true in the old days, but it isn't true now.