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Re^4: [OT] Ethical and Legal Screen Scraping

by diotalevi (Canon)
on Jul 25, 2005 at 18:09 UTC ( #477996=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: [OT] Ethical and Legal Screen Scraping
in thread [OT] Ethical and Legal Screen Scraping

Magnetic or optical caches on disk are just a backup for my memory. It is not a lapse to remember information past the point that someone wishes you to remember their published information and is also not a lapse to remember this with the aid of a recording of it either.

Just because I kept a copy of my hard drive, CD, printout, or in some hand written notes doesn't mean I'm obligated under any ethical system I'm aware of to destroy them just because my original source stopped publishing. The copyright holder's wishes are irrelevant.

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Re^5: [OT] Ethical and Legal Screen Scraping
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Jul 26, 2005 at 09:24 UTC

    I happen to agree with your evaluation. However, if I try to evaluate things from a neutral ethical standpoint, I can see a potential dilemma in caching when material has been retracted from publication.

    However, I feel that the value of memory-augmentation, combined with the value of preserving information in case an author is pressured (legally or otherwise) into removing it from publication far outweighs any potential harm that might be percieved by copyright-holders.

    I also see it like ripping CDs I own to my harddisk - I am making an accessible copy of something I have a right to access. If my CD is destroyed, it is still ethically correct to keep my Vorbis files. Likewise, if content is destroyed from the 'net, I see no issue with maintaining the cache of it.

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