Alan Czarnek wrote:
> >Michael Berch said...........
> >>If DejaNews or a list archive site is not theft, why would a book be?
> Maybe DejaNews *IS* theft. After all, they are using copyrighted
> material without the expressed permission of the authors (copyright
> owners,) aren't they?
Suppose I have a plain old netnews site, and I have lots and lots of
disks, so I don't need to expire articles, and I am a charitable person,
so I offer free accounts to whomever wants them, in order to read news.
Am I violating the copyrights of the authors of the news articles?
Assuming I am not, how does this materially differ from DejaNews?
I don't think DejaNews is a copyright infringement, any more than any
other netnews site is, because the copies are not made without the
consent of the copyright owner -- in fact, by the act of posting, the
author sets into motion the mechanism by which DejaNews's copy is made.
Michael C. Berch