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SubjectRE: Why DRM exists [was Re: Flame Linus to a crisp!]

> On Tue, 29 Apr 2003, Robert White wrote:

> > 1) the author has a right to profit from his creation

> Not at all. Copyright law is to promote the progress of
> sciences and arts; in short, it is about the rights of
> mankind, not about the rights of authors.

He was talking about moral rights, not legal rights.

> The temporary monopoly which authors get over their work
> is there to encourage authors to create more works, which
> in turn benefit all of mankind. Just a side effect to
> promote the good of the many.

Schools were created to keep children out of the work force and to
homogenize the immigrants, but nobody would argue that these are the reasons
children should now go to school. The original reason for something is not
automatically the reason that thing still exists.


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