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From: Jerome H. Fine <jhfinepw4z_at_compsys.to>
Date: Thu Jan 16 22:37:00 2003

>Sellam Ismail wrote:

> It'd be really hard for someone to enforce copyright if, say, everyone
> joined up in a cause to use a copyrighted work to death all over the
> world.
> For instance, everyone take Mickey Mouse and do something with it: make a
> new cartoon, introduce new characters based on him, write new stories,
> draw him in porn, etc. If thousands of people did this and disseminated
> it over the web, Disney wouldn't be able to do anything about it but turn
> to the courts. The courts would have a mess on their hands because the
> only recourse would be to shut the internet down. It could force the
> issue. Maybe. It's an idea.
> But something must be done. Blowing up Disney's world headquarters would
> make a nice statement.
> (Please note certain parts of this message are a copyrighted (c) 2003
> work of fiction by the author ;)
> (Have to add that disclaimer in this day and age ;)
> Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival

Jerome Fine replies:

I think that in order to be really effective, the number of people
doing what you suggest would need to be very large - i.e. at
least 50% of the population. If only 1% of the population were
involved, a small number could easily be prosecuted and the
rest would fall into line.

BUT, if 50% of the population were involved, there is a MUCH
more effective solution - boycott Disney until they volunteer to
give up all copyrights under the terms of the previous rules - i.e.
what the old number of years was. No violence is required
and very little organization is required. Another method would
be to make it impossible for Disney enterprises to function by
some method that is quite legal. That requires more organization
but fewer people.

Of course, it might be less satisfying than using violence, but think
of the power it would give to the consumer. Imagine if every
company was required to be truthful in all of their advertising?
Any claims that were made would actually be enforced?

But I don't think that will not happen. Based on what I observe,
the more they are told stories that are "a blatant disregard for
the truth", the more the enjoy it. That might not be true with this
list, but my observations tend to confirm it with the majority of
the population. After all, most people who gamble LOSE!!!

What do Barnum Bailey say? Is that the correct spelling?

Sincerely yours,

Jerome Fine
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