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Re: [dvd-discuss] COMDEX speech

Best quotation:  "Corporations are like cockroaches. They'll survive  everything," -George Lucas.

Actually, I am beginning to think that these squatters have come to believe that their socalled "intellectual property" is the same as real or personal property and being confused on this issue don't realize that maybe the public DOES understand the difference and is in the process of trying to teach them a lesson about the use and abuse of their monopoly-punishment for the abuse?

Scott A Crosby <scrosby@cs.rice.edu>
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11/20/2002 09:39 AM
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From slashdot:


''Media to tech: Stop stealing!  News Corp.'s COO says media and tech
companies must cooperate to stop digital theft of content.''

My response is:

 Why do we listen to these cultural squatters, who sit on our culture
 and claim they have a right to take it?

 Who listens to these speculators, who hoard cultural creations
 hoping that someday they might win it big?

 Who pays attention to these meglomaniacs, who try to perpetually
 hold our heritage hostage and control every use and access.

 Who set up the modern intellectual feudalism, where you have kings,
 dukes, and other nobility fighting over fiefdoms of our intellectual
 and cultural landscape. Nobility who rape the peasants who are
 subject to their idiosyncratic and meglomaniac wills

 Who are these people who claim that every work that is not created
 by them is a 'shallow reinterpreation' that should be burned, yet
 the nobility's creations are invariably unique and special.

 If they shall call me a thief, pirate, and shoplifter.. Well, what
 shall these men and women be called?

Yeah, I'm preaching to the choir, but on the other hand, if they want
to use invective language, why shaln't we come up with our own?

Its easier to say that we're academics trying to protect ourselves
from cultural squatters, artistics speculators, and intellectual
feudalism than it is to say that we're academics trying to protect
thieves and pirates from the long arm of the law.