On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 06:49:28PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote: > Branden Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > > > On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 08:51:52AM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote: > > > If I illegally acquire the program, I don't have usage rights, AIUI. > > > > Under traditional U.S. copyright law (the DMCA notwithstanding), there > > is no such think as "illegal acquisition". Just tortious or illegal > > distribution. > > Sure there is: for example, theft. I believe there is case law on > this point. [/me returns from the broken-PC Land of No Return] Sorry, I was thinking "illegal possession". Declaring copyrighted works contraband has pretty serious problems with the First Amendment. -- G. Branden Robinson | Imagination was given man to Debian GNU/Linux | compensate for what he is not, and email@example.com | a sense of humor to console him for http://people.debian.org/~branden/ | what he is.
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