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Replies to Annalee Newitz's copyright article "Why I Infringe"

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Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 21:33:29 -0700
From: Ray Everett-Church <ray@everett.org>
To: declan@well.com
Cc: 'David Lawrence' <david@onlinetonight.net>
Subject: RE: Annalee Newitz on copyright violations: "Why I Infringe"

> Hey Declan, thought this piece might amuse the
> politechnicals, especially during Black Hat/Defcon
> week. It's an opinion piece about why I love to
> violate copyright . . . 
> It's called "Why I Infringe."
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16511

And when you pass around the full text of her article and repost it to your
own website, make sure to include the legend "C 2003 Independent Media
Institute. All rights reserved. Reproduction by Syndication Service only."
for maximum ironic effect.



Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 00:24:23 -0500
From: Thomas A Giovanetti <tomg@ipi.org>
To: declan@well.com
Cc: Bartlet Cleland <Bartlet_Cleland%org@org>, policyguy1 <mmatthews@ipi.org>
Subject: Re: FC: Annalee Newitz on copyright violations: "Why I Infringe"

At least she's intellectually honest. She understands that attacks on IP
are anti-capitalist and socialist.

It's those who attack strong IP protection but who consider themselves
supporters of the free market who are intellectually dishonest.
Tom Giovanetti
Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI)


Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 01:37:23 -0400
From: Philo <philo@radix.net>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject: Re: [newsletter] FC: Annalee Newitz on copyright violations: "Why 
I Infringe"

Hey Declan, you might be interested in something I just wrote called
"Why I infringe"
You can see it at

Basically, I don't understand why the so-called "professional writers"
should get all the credit for publishing stuff...

Now if you'll excuse me, I've just found a neat website belonging to
some columnist in San Francisco I think I'm going to copy wholesale
and put my name on.



Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 00:07:05 -0700
From: "Jenal, Jim" <JJenal@OMM.com>
To: 'Declan McCullagh ' <declan@well.com>
Subject: RE: Annalee Newitz on copyright violations: "Why I Infringe"

Declan --

It is always entertaining to see self-interest masquerade as principle; but
Ms. Newitz' self-justification -- e.g., she purchases multiple CDs when she
can be sure the money goes to the artist -- does not bear scrutiny.
Regardless of the deal the artist struck with the record label/studio that
distributed her music (or produced her film, etc.,) that does not for an
instant change the fact that Newitz' infringing actions are nothing more
than theft against those who paid for the right to sell that product.

Ray Bradbury's sobering novel was not a screed against capitalism, it was a
protest against censorship.  A copyright owner's pricing structure/business
model is not the equivalent of state-decreed destruction of art.  To suggest
otherwise simply reveals Ms. Newitz for what she is -- a petty thief and a
third-rate intellect.


Jim Jenal
Adjunct Professor of Law
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles


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