[Wikipedia-l] What would Richard Stallman say?

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Tue Feb 24 08:02:39 UTC 2004

Hr. Daniel Mikkelsen wrote:

>Fair use is illegal in many large countries outside the US.
This does not seem logical.

Illegal suggests that there is a specific provision making such an act 
against the law.  If the matter is not mentioned in the statute, one 
cannot fairly draw the conclusion that is illegal.  Of course the Berne 
Treaty provision would be law in any country that has ratified the 
Treaty.  Whether you call it "fair use", "fair dealing", or "fair 
practice" the word "fair" is the constant theme in those expressions.


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