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Re: Rights to Images
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0358  Friday, 18 February 2000.

From:           Stephen Holcombe <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Feb 2000 23:19:02 -0500
Subject: 11.0341 Re: Rights to Images
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0341 Re: Rights to Images

> >Even where there is display of owned images by
> >the owners, it is still impermissible for someone
> >else to download and duplicate, or print out
> >and duplicate, those images without permission.
>
> The act of looking at a website involves downloading and duplicating its
> images since downloading is the electronic transfer of an image from the
> server to the client, and the image on the computer screen is duplicated
> in video RAM as well as application RAM and there's almost certainly a
> copy on the hard disk too. So, do you mean the site can't be looked at?
>
> If perhaps you mean that the only permitted form of
> downloading/duplicating is "retrieval once-per-view without storing for

No no no. The key word here is "duplicate," which I don't think Laura
made clear enough. Certainly the image is "duplicated" in the way that
Gabriel describes, but the illegality lies in duplicating an image and
then giving or selling it to one or more other people. Usually this
would consist of a hardcopy, something printed out, but even making a
copy on diskette and giving it to your roommate would be technically a
violation. If that person goes to the website and gets his or her own
copy, though, that's legal.  Nitpicky? Well, we are talking about the
law...
 

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