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An additional comment:

>" It is essential to understand that copyright in the American tradition
> was not meant to be a 'property right' as the public generally understands
> property.  It was originally a narrow federal policy that granted a limited
> trade monopoly in exchange for universal use and access...
> To envision the best possible copyright system - one that would encourage
> creativity and democracy - we must revise our notion of intellectual
> 'theft.' You cannot 'steal' and idea, a style, a 'look and fee;.' These
> things are the raw material of the next move in literature, art, politics,
> or music.  And using someone's idea does not diminish its power.  there is
> no natural scarcity of ideas and information. To enrich democratic speech
> and foster fertile creativity, we should avoid the rhetorical traps that
> spring up when we regard copyright as 'property' instead of policy."
> Siva Vaidhyanathan, Copyrights and Copywrongs, NYU Press, 2001  (Available
> for $13.27 on - a considerable savings over the $8.5 million
> it's costing the government.)

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

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