Verily I say unto thee, that High Plains Thumper spake thusly:
> This is simply abuse. A non-profit organisation around a camp site
> singing a popular tune is going beyond the reasonable means of
> seeking compensation.
I fail to see what possible, defensible, inalienable "rights" publishers
have to prevent people from doing nothing more sinister than utilising
their own memory and vocal cords for their own private purposes. This is
not an assertion of "rights", it's an abuse of /power/, and one of the
most sickening and dangerous social and political developments of our
time. Once others have the legally mandated "right" to assert powers
over others' /minds/, you know liberty, democracy and common decency
have been defeated by totalitarianism, as Orwell so convincingly and
If possessing an unlicensed copy of published material is a violation of
copyright law, to the extent that even /singing/ a song purely from
memory is such a "violation", then surely the mere fact that this
"protected" data is stored in the human mind must mean that is /also/ a
"violation", as surely as if it were stored on a HDD or CD-R.
Such thinking (and subsequent action) sets a very dangerous precedent,
and it isn't difficult to see where this will lead, if allowed to
continue unchecked. But who is there to stop this sinister progression?
Not the bent politicians, that's for sure.
And exactly how "bent" are these politicians? Well, the US
Administration claims the underground ACTA negotiations, to "protect"
global Intellectual Monopolies, are a "matter of national security", for
example, and as such the process cannot be made transparent, as demanded
by the democratic process. Circumventing democracy in underground
bunkers, is the surest sign yet that a society has collapsed into
fascism. Where have we seen this before?
| "The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which
| the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf
| denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty.
| Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of
| the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails today
| among human creatures." ~ Abraham Lincoln
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