Vornicus: print a url on every work you did?
|Vornicus||And by what law do you guarantee that royalties from all (new - used is another matter) sales of your book get to you?|
|kiba-kun||I guess..contract law?|
|Vornicus||Without copyright law, anybody can pass their publication as endorsed by you.|
Just by putting your name on the cover.
|kiba-kun||I didn't say copyright law shouldn't be banished|
you could have power to say that you can't or can modify this work
|pythonic||Vornicus: that's a trademark violation.|
|kiba-kun||copyright law free artists and writers and that's a good thing|
|Vornicus||Pythonic: technically it's fraud, since your name is not a trademark.|
And even then it's not fraud - it says that it's by you, and it's correct.
|kiba-kun||but when copyright get too powerful, it could be bad..|
Vornicus: well you could sue them for slander since you didn't say you endorse their work
|Vornicus||What it doesn't say is that you have given this particular publisher a license to reproduce your works, and that you are getting royalties from this reproduction.|
|thinfu||pythonic: heh, good point|
|Vornicus||This is what copyright law is supposed to do - allow you to prevent people who aren't giving you money for the right to reproduce your work from making a profit off reproduction.|
|action||pythonic loves his suzerain|
|pythonic||loves his suzerain|
|Vornicus||However, there is also such a thing as too much copyright - fair use is a provision of copyright law that allows you to do a lot of interesting stuff with copyrighted works without rgetting in trouble. This includes analysis, quoting of 'small' portions, and some other things. Also, many kinds of publications are not copyrightable - raw data and obvious forms of that data (phone books, for instance) aren't.|
And then, most importantly, copyright expires. The state of the art advances by the things that you can reproduce freely. The problem is that nowadays copyright is so far extended as to be sprained.
THis is the essential challenge: how long is the right length? The most sensical version I have heard is "42 years or life, whichever is longer".
|pythonic||42? why 42?|
|Vornicus||Tradition - Copyright was 14, then 14 + 14 renew, then 28, then 28 + 14 renew|
And then it got all wahooni-shaped.
|pythonic||i prefer copyright to extend far beyond the lifetime. then there's not so much profit motive in knocking me off.|
|Vornicus||The only time a work /really/ makes profit, for an average work (not, say, Lord of the Rings) is in the first year or two.|
|bongoman||Just doing a fresh install of Ruby 1.8.6 and RubyGems 0.9.2 and when I run script/console for a Rails app I get: report_activate_error': Could not find RubyGem builder (>= 2.0)|
|Vornicus||Which is why the "whichever is longer" thing is sensical: unless you are Tolkien, you're not making money off it, and your work is out of print, long before 42 years hits.|
|pythonic||the new tab completion in bash is smart... and annoying :-)|
|Vornicus||bongoman: OS, architecture, install method.|
Also, previous version number for both gems and ruby.
|pythonic||tar xzf foo<tab> matches files ending .tar.gz and tar xjf foo<tab> matches files ending .tar.bz2|
|pythonic||your regexp matches thwack, thwacked, thwacker, thwackers, thwacks, wack, wackier, wackiest, wackiness, wacko, wakos and wacky.|
|action||Vornicus ponders pythonic.|
|action||pythonic is imponderable.|
|Vornicus||you, uh, just run every regex you see on /usr/share/dict/words, or something, don't you.|
|Vornicus||...what does that match?|