The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0276  Thursday, 13 February 2003

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 11:53:37 -0500
Subject: 14.0265 Re: Copyright Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0265 Re: Copyright Query

Haddon Judson wrote,

>The individual who put the question up for discussion is the
>person ultimately responsible for verifying any legal issues.  Whether
>it is the spirit or the letter of the law.  Those who offer opinions are
>just that: those who offer opinions.

There is some merit in the idea that a fool who follows uninformed
advice has some responsibility for the consequences.  But the law in its
wisdom deems some forms of opinions so inherently dangerous that it
prohibits all but those with demonstrated qualifications from rendering
them.  Your mailman might have an opinion about what to do about the
lump under your arm and you barber may have strong views about how much
of a published work may be copied and for what purpose, but would you
risk your life and career in reliance on their advice?  And if you do,
would you shrug off any fatal consequences with the notion that it was
your own fault for following the advice?  There is a world of difference
between expressing an opinion about how much of Macbeth was written by
Middleton and advising someone about whether there would be a problem in
reproducing an article on the subject.

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