The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2088  Wednesday, 29 October 2003

From:           Gary Kosinsky <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 28 Oct 2003 16:07:24 -0800
Subject: 14.2084 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2084 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
by Stanley in TLS

Once again, thanks to Allan Axelrod, this time for his information on
the illegality of destroying money, even your own.  Go ahead and destroy
a work of art, if you like, but don't let us catch you tearing up any
dollar bills!

For Larry Weiss, my condolences.  It would be a different situation if
you had knowingly purchased such a building beforehand.  But to be the
owner at the time a new law is made does seem to mean that you are
subjected to some unfair consequences, as your post made clear.

I'm not very knowledgeable about the Berne Convention, or how it applies
to citizens of different countries.  If an eccentric billionaire decided
to buy a copy of the First Folio and use it as kindling in his
fireplace, could anything be done to him after the fact because of this

And for R.A. Cantrell - I could use a Rembrandt painting to hide a stain
on the wall, if that could be arranged.  However, I take your point.  It
is easy to insist that other people assume responsibilities and
obligations to further a perceived public good. And I suspect that if I
was fortunate enough to own some item of historical or artistic
interest, my opinions on this matter might change.

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