4500Re: hello, and some thoughts about copyrights
- Sep 14, 2004---
I am not willing to assume that Mr. Fukuoka, ( or, Fukuoka-San? I do
not know the appropriate way to honor or speak of him; evidently I am
not quite right in either honorific's use, and know of no others),
would take the copyright- or copyleft- issue as such a lackadaisial
I would prefer to hear from the person, himself, before making
decisions on his behalf.
The file of "One Straw", as I understand, was done without his
permission, and I don't know how he personally feels about it- again,
would prefer to hear from the orginal mind that produced and made
available, the information.
From my understanding of his feelings about the net, and according to
my knowledge of his preferences (outdated as they may be: just
haven't heard any differing information), I would prefer to respect
his last known wishes. Those wishes being; "no publishing on the net".
I know he's old, and I know he's not considered a real person anymore,
by many. Our considerations do not have much value when juxtaposed to
his lifetime, however. When one of us spends the time, observation,
heart, thought, and openness to recreate his work, we may certainly
claim any right or left we want to, to publish the record.
Mr. Fukuoka is still alive, his last known wishes were to not have
his works published without his direct permission: the "legal" status
of his work notwhistanding. I would think we all owe him at least that
honor and respect.
We are not the ones who spent our lives and heart's energies to aquire
the man's knowledge, and do I see a decent respect for his published
wishes pertaining to same, here. I thought the copyleft stuff was a
good intellectual subject to bat around, I didn't think others would
truly, "officially" try to claim a soul and lifes's worth of
knowledge as "theirs", to do with as they please.
Would it be ok to stick to the appropriate (or legal, if that suits
your vernacular better) rights of one who has done the work through
the BS? Or, should we simply decide he has no rights to the lifetime
of work, observation, introspection, and inherent interference/pain
all of the above would entail?
Would sure expect more honor and respect for the Man, until we hear
In email@example.com, "Bart Van Audenhove"
> I found "The One-Straw Revolution" in the "Files" section of this
> group, the whole text in PDF-format (see the menu on the left). Don't
> know how it got there, but what a relief to find it, because it's
> really hard to track down Fukuoka-san's books.
> What would happen if we would scan "The Natural Way of Farming" and
> put it here also? I'm sure Mr. Fukuoka himself wouldn't mind, but
> maybe the copyright's in the hands of some publisher now?
> Does anyone have contact with Mr. Fukuoka, to ask him what he thinks
> about it?
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