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Re: Google books

Hi, Jim.  This is a great anecdotal example of how the usual
consequences of our current copyright law can be transformed into
something much better.  Still, I'm sure you'd agree that this is very
much the exception rather than the rule.  To pick a well-known
example, it's far from clear how allowing the Walt Disney estate to
continue to control the character Mickey Mouse promotes the useful
arts and sciences.

2010/1/8 jrc <jrccea@bellsouth.net>:
> Mike, per Robert's and Ginny's wishes, all the income from their estate has
> been distributed to and is devoted to non-profit uses that benefit the
> public.  Part of Robert's income is used to support the public library in
> his home town.  Most of it is used to fund a semi-annual award that Ginny
> (Robert's widow) established to benefit the development of space flight
> (that trust is managed by Art Dula).  Another lump sum grant was given to
> the US Naval academy to found and support a Chair in aerospace engineering
> at Annapolis.  No offense intended, but all of these are non-profit uses
> that provide far more long term benefits to the common good than do
> copyright piracy and theft.
> As an aside, I do not myself benefit from Robert's copyrights.  Keep in mind
> that this is not my library, nor even a library near my home town or where I
> live.  Ginny asked me to sit on the Library Foundation that supports the
> Butler Public Library as a favor to her and offered to pay my expenses to
> make the trip to Butler, MO each year.  I refused to take her money when she
> was alive and continue to refuse to do so now that she has passed on.  So
> basically, the public benefits from Robert's and Ginny's income come with a
> repetitive dead expense to me -- which is how it should be.
> JimC
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Taylor" <mike@indexdata.com>
> To: <jrccea@bellsouth.net>
> Cc: <jeff@jeffhecht.com>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 2:35 AM
> Subject: Re: Google books
>> Jim, it's nice for you that you happen to benefit from the work of a
>> twenty-years dead author; but surely the mere fact that you come out
>> of the copyright equation ahead of the game shouldn't influence
>> whether or not you think its _right_.  To pick a reductio-ad-absurdum
>> parallel, that would be like supporting slavery because your family
>> benefits from having slaves.  Support for the current copyright regime
>> must surely come from consideration of whether it's _right_, not of
>> who benefits.