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Old 10-16-2009, 01:05 AM   #18
gazza
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I see pdurrant is using:
“It is good that authors should be remunerated; and the least exceptionable way of remunerating them is by a monopoly. Yet monopoly is an evil. For the sake of the good we must submit to the evil; but the evil ought not to last a day longer than is necessary for the purpose of securing the good.” — Thomas Babbington Macauley
This is a splendid quotation but we should, perhaps, set the scene.
Macauley was speaking in parliament AGAINST the extension of copyright, not in favor of it.
It wonders me what Macauley would think of the current beggar's muddle where we have Internet booksellers being told, yes, you can sell it in the United States, but not in Australia. No reason given but I presume it is because Australians are loud, beer drinking people with small regard for pettifogging laws. I am an Australian although, at the moment, I am in Thailand.

Gareth Powell
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