[Nottingham] Android Freedoms - Or lack of?

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Wed Sep 21 12:30:24 UTC 2011

On 21 September 2011 13:08, Martin <martin at ml1.co.uk> wrote:
> On 21 September 2011 08:35, Jason Irwin <jasonirwin73 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 20/09/11 19:07, Martin wrote:
>>> Is Android really free software?
>> (maybe things are different in the USA?).  I think he is totally wrong
>> on copyright.  I do not understand why he thinks that it is 'OK' to
>> trade the work of another without remuneration, that society has some
>> inalienable right to take a persons work and not reward them for it.
>> Sorry, but that is just so wrong on so many levels that I do not know
>> where to begin.

All depending on whether you take a commercial view or an academic
good-for-all-mankind view? There is an awful lot of our culture
inaccessibly locked away by commercial greed and 'copyright'... Often
cynically only to be released upon the death of the particular

>> Of course, that does not mean that the copyright system isn't abused
>> because it sure as heck is; and that also does not mean that copyright
>> shouldn't be limited to some sensible term.  But really, being able to
>> copy any work in full and pass it around?  No, sorry.  Wrong.
> Well... Looks like the media/music/film industry have recently lobbied
> hard (expensively) enough to abuse the system yet further to a term of
> SEVENTY YEARS for the EU...

The actual story:

EU recording copyright extension 'will cost €1bn'
Record companies, not artists, will benefit



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