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Hello all,

See this news bit on /. about the push to have Aus copyright law made the same as the US's

also this interesting article on The Register about Iraqi copyright:

Also, check this interesting quote (mentioned in /.'s comments) out in the definition for copyright:

"Use of copyright to restrict redistribution is actually immoral, unethical, and illegitimate. It is a result of brainwashing by monopolists and corporate interests and it violates everyone's rights. Copyrights and patents hamper technological progress by making a naturally abundant resource scarce. Many, from communists to right wing libertarians, are trying to abolish intellectual property myths."

Not all American politicians are behind the corporate control ideal that is squandering our rights:

"The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity... I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed."

–Abraham Lincoln , Sixteenth President 1861-1865

Regards,
Sten Thornburg
 
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