On 7/23/07, Ray Saintonge <saintonge(a)telus.net>
In general, there is nothing wrong with pushing
limits. Without that
there would be no innovation.. Pushing the envelope does not mean
acting foolishly; it is more often a matter of taking calculated risks.
A lot of that comes down to personal risk aversion, and most people are
very conservative when it comes to a matter of taking risks.
Or living under US legal systems.
That has nothing to do with the legal system. Risk aversion is a far
more general phenomenon.
Our fair use
policies are indeed very conservative, and it is sad to see
that there asre some of us who would want them to be even more
conservative. Pushing the limits of the law is perfectly compatible
with developing a free encyclopedia, because that kind of discrete push
is what will make more material free. It's what will take stuff out of
the legalistic limbo where so much of the material already finds itself.
Only if you are ready to fight a bunch of court cases. I doubt you
could afford any significant clarification.
There is a big gap between where we are now and the circumstances when
anything gets to court, and a lot of opportunities to withdraw before
things get costly. In many situations we don't even know if the
apparent other side cares about the issue. In orphan copyright cases
there is not even anyone there to care. There is far more to these
legal situations than a literal reading of statutes.