Byte Rights: Breakin' the Law

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beliren

quinn norton says: "The real answer to your copyright questions is, ignore the law when it
doesn’t matter, and obey it when it does. But how can you tell? You
can’t! Isn’t this fun?"

If you are not capitalizing on another's intellectual property in a way that can cause them to lose revenue, nobody  will come after you...

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nekollx

 unless you show the propery on something that does make money like...Youtube, Deviant Art, Facebook. Which make money from ads so even your Fan Art, Music Videos, and Mashups become ileagle.

 

Yup it's true.

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TheMaverick

I was going to ask whether or not it was legal for me to dual boot Windows and Linux and run a Windows VM inside Linux and use the same license for both copies of Windows (the VM and the native dual boot), but since nobody gives a damn, I think I'll do it anyway... =)

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nekollx

 it's all a giant mess...

Did you know if you make fan art and post it on Deviant Art they  can sue you cause DA makes money via ands on your page...

 

Yup...its true

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HokieTechie

Both Trademark and Copyright are usually enforced by civil actions, which means that if the holder doesn't sue you, there's no enforcement.

 Trademarks have this additional problem that if the holder "lets something slide" and fails to enforce their rights, they can lose the trademark altogether. Copyright doesn't have this issue.

 It should be pointed out that there are criminal penalties in the US copyright law, so the United States DOJ can take you to court and throw you in jail. This usually happens in situations like pirate DVD rings.

 

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wolf17

Oo, okay, thanks for clearing that up HokieTechie.

 So what you're saying is that copyrights are sort of on a case-by-case basis, while trademarks you can lose it outright if you don't enforce every case (to the best of your ability)?  Just curious

"Life is about living, not stressing" - a very smart girl :)

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BaggerX

That's how it works.  You'll sometimes hear people make the claim that they have to enforce copyrights or they'll lose them.  That's just someone who has confused trademark law with copyright law and doesn't know enough about either to be worth listening to.

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wolf17

I thought that trademarks had to be defended or else they lose them, but copyrights don't.  Care to explain this?  I'm just curious b/c that's what my understanding was.

"Life is about living, not stressing" - a very smart girl :)

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Yusonice

wooooooo time to download new albums using limewire and share around!

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visibly_stealthy

 Most have switched from limewire to frostwire. It's like Limewire Pro, but for free. It's alot faster and brings up more search rersults.I prefer Bittorrent or utorrent.

 

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gendoikari1

To each his own. I use Frostwire (the content search feature) and Azureus (the UI and features) myself (on my Windows computer. My Linux computer uses Transmission most of the time). I thought about using UTorrent, but I couldn't get the damn thing to work (working out of the box is a plus in my book).

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