[linux-elitists] Entheta frenzy!
Wed Apr 17 11:33:04 PDT 2002
Just heard back from Helena Kobrin about her reaction to Google's
new DMCA policy.
"Will we stop doing our jobs because someone disagrees or puts
our letters on the Internet? No more so than I would stop in going
after someone who breached a contract or would fail to prosecute a
murderer, a thief, or an embezzler if I were a prosecutor or would
back off on stopping someone from dumping toxic waste if I were an
environmental attorney merely because someone criticized my actions."
The kind of stuff people are writing about Scientology today reminds
me a little of what Mark Twain was writing about Christian Science
at the turn of the century...
It may be that there is evidence somewhere -as has been
claimed-that Mrs. Eddy has charged upon the Deity the verbal
authorship of Science and Health. But if she ever made the charge,
she has withdrawn it (as it seems to me), and in the most formal
and unqualified; of all ways. See Autobiography, page 57:
"When the demand for this book increased . . . the copyright was
infringed. I entered a suit at Law, and my copyright was protected."
Thus it is plain that she did not plead that the Deity was the (verbal)
Author; for if she had done that, she would have lost her case- and with
rude promptness. It was in the old days before the Berne Convention and
before the passage of our amended law of 1891, and the court would have
quoted the following stern clause from the existing statute and frowned
her out of the place:
"No Foreigner can acquire copyright in the United States."
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