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Re: aspell-nl license

On Mon, Aug 19, 2002 at 10:39:29PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Regardless, arguing that it can be difficult to detect or prove
> copying is a totally separate issue from whether copyright law
> prohibits the copying in question.

No, but comparison of two works is an indispensible test for
establishment of originality.

However, I'll acknowledge that "originality" is completely irrelevant to
the forces that shape copyright law today, even though it was central in
the past.

Indeed, the forces that shape copyright law today seem utterly incapable
of originality.

Well, perhaps, one day, when our genotypes are copyrighted and we are
prosecuted for carrying around billions of unlicensed copies, we'll wake
up and smell the bullshit that is intellectual property law.

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Debian GNU/Linux                   |    soul, then believe; if you wish to
branden@debian.org                 |    be a devotee of truth, then
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    inquire.     -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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