Re: [OT] Droit d'auteur vs. free software?
Arnoud Galatus Engelfriet said:
>Why do you think the concept is bogus? In principle I think it's
>a good idea to have something that prevents others from mutilating
>my work. The implementation sucks greatly though.
It's bogus because it impinges on free speech and gives heirs of the
dead rights over the living. (Just like excessive copyright durations
do, but I digress...)
In the US, I could mutilate your work, but I couldn't pass it off as
yours (that would be misrepresentation, possibly fraud). If you were
alive, I couldn't distort it to give you a bad reputation: that
would be libel or slander, depending. (Dead people have no
right to defend their reputations in the US.)
That's plenty sufficient to protect authors' reputations and works'
integrity without the need for an extra bogus 'author's rights' concept.
I suspect this is why the US was able to say "We protect moral rights
plenty for Berne."