- At 06:11 PM 3/20/01 +0100, you wrote:
>For a general discussion on copyright issues, we must also remember thatAnd no-one's going to fight it in court unless some *really* big money was
>rules differ between countries. In most of Western Europe, the individual
>is much better protected than in the US, for instance. In Sweden, the
>actual ownership to something that you have produced can never be traded
>away (even though the rights to publish it can). So if Yahoo claims
>ownership to something I have written (in Sweden, for Yahoo), can I call
>upon Swedish law to reclaim it? I have no idea. Probably even lawyers
>would have difficulties giving a straight answer.
I ran into a similiar situation a few years ago while promoting a music
festival I burned 10 CD samplers to send out to radio stations (instead of
waiting for bands to send promo copies of their albums). One band got into
a real tif about it and started threatening legal action. After trying to
work things out and still being threatened with lawsuits, I finally kicked
them off the line-up. Even though I was in the wrong, local lawyer told me
there was nothing they could do unless they wanted to spend $15,000+ to
take it to federal court...and even then -- what kind of damages would they
claim? 1 5-minute song copied 10 times and given away to radio stations --
he thought it was one of the funniest things he'd ever heard.
The lesson is that copyrights don't mean much unless you have the money to
In fact, if I decided to do a deluxe edition of _At the Earth's Core_ and
reproduce both the St. John & Krenkel illustrations and made 25 copies
which I sold for $100 each...Burroughs Inc. and executor of St. John's
probably wouldn't do anything about it. Sure, it's a flagrant violation of
their rights, but the time and effort to prosecute wouldn't be in their
Now, if I published 1000 copies, then it would be a different ballgame...
Peter Renfro <prognerd@...>
Owner, Carolina Packaging
207 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Tel: (919) 968-1181
Fax: (919) 968-2557
- Perhaps the final word in this discussion? The following is a quote
from Yahoo's Terms of Service: "Yahoo does not claim ownership of
Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service."
Then follow a number of disclaimers, but nothing, as far as I can
tell, that substantially reduces the validity of the statement.
I have a vague recollection that (as Bruce pointed out) Yahoo actually
did claim ownership at one piont, but that there was so much
resistance that they had to back on that.
In conclusion: We may think what we like about Yahoo as an entity, but
they do not in any way own our words, much less our minds. Post on!
- Fredrik Ekman wrote:
> In conclusion: We may think what we like about Yahoo as an entity, butThanks for the update on what is clearly a revised TOS at Yahoo. That
> they do not in any way own our words, much less our minds. Post on!
said, I will continue to lurk or offer short asides as the mood
strikes--Yahoo has disappointed too often for me to embrace the site.
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