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Re: [dvd-discuss] Specific ironies of the CTEA

The corpsicle argument, doesn't pass muster since the definition of death is a legal one-and very well established over many years.

If the author is legally dead and then thrown into the vat. He's Dead and the copyright expiration clock starts ticking.
If he isn't legally dead, then when thrown into the vat of liquid helium they will be dead because after being pulled out of the vat of helium the corpsicle starts to putrify once it thaws out. And if the author was still very much alive when thrown into the vat that's called homicide and they are legally dead. And if they threw themselves it's called suicide and they are legally dead so legally So the copyright expiration clock starts ticking after being thrown into the vat of helium. ...A corpsicle is still a corpse by the legally accepted definition of DEATH.

SOmeone can define an info-theo defn. of death but that doens' mean that it's a legal one. IN this case, the info-theo defn. of death has no meaning either.

The real question is not when the author dies legally but how do you determine it?

Jolley <tjolley@swbell.net>
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12/10/2002 03:57 PM
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Michael A Rolenz wrote:
> "information-theoretic death depends on presently unknown details of
>  how the brain works." has no meaning. What that says is X is defined
> by something unknown...

Exactly!  The current length of copyright has no meaning.  X, the
current length of copyright, is defined by something unknown, when
the author dies.