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February 11, 2008


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Kimball Corson

I haven't followed this line of commentary much or even read it all; however, inasmuch as I have been permanently traveling in poorer Spanish speaking countries for several years now, I am beginning to believe that perhaps much of the third world's only real access to world culture and the entertainment that carries much of it is via what we would consider copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Might the definition, enforceablity of such rights or their licensing fees be legally scaled or modified in some way (contract law has certainly evolved from its pristen classical form), perhaps in the context of this discussion here, to avoid the blatent illegality I observe, while still letting most participate in much that is important to them. The system we have, if seriously, uneconomically and more completely enforced to the letter of the law, would cut too many off from too much that matters to all of us. It is one thing to live in a grass hut, but quite another to be almost totally cut out and off from the rest of the world, especially if you cannot read. For now, the poor I observe rely only on the uneconomic administrative costs of enforcement for their access. Any thoughts?

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