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Re: Re: Re: What if it were you instead of Linus?

by etcshadow (Priest)
on Mar 11, 2004 at 18:34 UTC ( #335925=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: What if it were you instead of Linus?
in thread What if it were you instead of Linus?

There is a concept in copyright law of a minimum size below which something cannot have been a copyrightable work.... The interesting question, of course, is what is that limit.

Well... it is an interesting question... I imagine it is highly subjective and depends on the individual case in question. There's one fairly public example: a certain haiku used for email certification. The basic idea of this system is that email senders would include this haiku in x-headers, and mail relays would only allow such email through. Then, the terms of use for the copyright liscense are, in effect, that the mail is not spam. Thus, if you send spam without this header, it will get routed off into the void, and if you do use this header for spam, then you are violating copyright, and, thus, remedies are available.

It probably won't work, but it's an interesting idea, and it seems apropos of the question.

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by hardburn (Abbot) on Mar 11, 2004 at 20:09 UTC

    I've heard that particular spam-defense before, and it's clever. The problem is that you are stuck with the copyright holder's definition of "spam", which has a high possiblity for abuse. It's potentially a new ICANN/VeriSign in the making. Sure, you could get everyone to try using a new haiku with a different copyright holder, but once the idea is entrenched, it'll be about as easy to switch everyone to that haiku as it is to switch everyone to alternative DNS root servers.

    (Meta-thought: a lot of proposed or even implemented spam solutions are as bad or worse than the problem. This is one of them.)

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