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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.033  Sunday, 29 January 2012

 

[1] From:         Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         January 27, 2012 9:44:10 PM EST

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: PIPA/SOPA 

 

[2] From:         Robert Projansky < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         January 27, 2012 6:38:37 PM EST

     Subject:     Re: PIPA/SOPA 

 

 

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From:         Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         January 27, 2012 9:44:10 PM EST

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: PIPA/SOPA

 

Jim Marino says:

 

And while Larry Weiss seems to sniff at Gabriel Egan as a copyright violator, surely it should be acknowledged that the scope of what is “protected” by copyright has grown enormously in the recent past, and the domain protected by fair use has correspondingly shrunk, driven in almost every case by the agenda of deep-pocketed plaintiffs. Copyright piracy is not what it used to be; rather, it is now a great many more things than it used to be. That expansion of property rights has been defined by what one set of parties, the owners, decide to be reasonable. PIPA/SOPA would enforce those parties’ opinions of their own deserts with the full power of the law. That, surely, is unreasonable.

 

This most assuredly is not the case.  The scope of copyright protection (although not its duration) is the same it was when the current Act was adopted in 1976 and pretty much the same as it was under the prior law, enacted in 1909.  As for restriction of fair use, I would appreciate citations to whatever cases supposedly support this notion.  My impression is that cases like the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994), expands the doctrine.

 

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From:         Robert Projansky < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         January 27, 2012 6:38:37 PM EST

Subject:     Re: PIPA/SOPA

 

I agree that SHAKSPER would have some vulnerability to SOPA/PIPA attack because of the kinds of links Gabriel Egan mentions. Real vulnerability, however, would depend on the political activities of Hardy and SHAKSPER members. If, with a SOPA/PIPA law to arm it, there were a US Government perception that this website is of any political use to opponents of the security state and its so-called “war on terror”, SHAKSPER would be history forthwith. 

 

I might point out that things previously unthinkable are now commonplace in post-9/11 America. Maybe if SOPA/PIPA fails of passage the government will use another method with which it has already had such great success: the CIA tracks down the offenders and the president orders them killed.  

 

Best to all,

Bob Projansky

 
 

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