Yes, I think the German Pirate Party has lost its way. I'm a member (and candidate for the federal elections) of the Swiss Pirate Party.
And compared to the German Pirate Party, we're much more consistent, and true to our values (against Surveillance, Prohibition and Monopolies -- yes, this is a negation, but if you're trying to say it positively, it gets standard blurb every other party is spewing but not meaning: "privacy", "freedom", "free market" -- hell, even the mercantilists and monopolists of the patent-lobby say they're "pro free market").
Reasons that the German PP is somewhat directionless might be that their growth was too fast.
And of course, the perception trough the media (Spiegel for sure) is biased in that respect, they WANT the Pirate Parties to fail.
Here as well. The very important Swiss newspaper NZZ consistently tries to avoid to mention the Pirate Party -- they've even been writing about all the other parties present at an event that was actually organized by the Pirate Party, but no mention of the Pirate Party itself..
Anyway, I wish the German Pirate Party all the best, and that they revert to their original ideas (and stop talking about "negotiations with the GEMA" -- you don't negotiate with people holding your culture hostage ;)).
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You'd just love them in the 18th century. They would have been called "Whigs" (acutally, "Radical Whigs", because they stood against monarchy and for the american revolution), because the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist party, mainly in opposition to the southern Democratic Party.
It's NOT illegal to scan a book and keep it. Nobody needs to destroy his books just because he digitized it.
What is illegal is publishing this digitized book (= making it available on the internet for potentially everyone).
And as long as 1DollarScan doesn't publish any of its scans, its perfectly legal, just about anywhere.
Copyright is not actually about making copies, but about who has the right to publish these copies. You can print as many Harry Potter books as you like, but you won't be allowed to sell them (or even give them away in quantities). There are some specific exceptions regarding copying of software, but these don't apply to books, movies, music or pictures.
Well, yes, some cave paintings from 40'000 years ago still exist. But that's probably only a tiny bit of all the culture at that time.
How many roman murals (only 2000 years old) still exist? They could have survived, as pompeii shows, and as pompeii also shows, the roman cities were full of them. And not only murals, but statues as well. An awful lot, surely more than 99%, were lost and destroyed in the meantime.
So just because the material (and the information) could theoretically survive several thousand years doesn't mean it will.
I can't find anything in copyright which deals with fan fiction. It's an original work. It's only set in front of a background another author wrote, but the background consists of "ideas", and these aren't copyrightable. Anyone who wants to assert any "copyright violation" to fan fiction obviously does this out of a gut-feeling, and not with any basis in law.
Fan fiction might of course violate trademarks. But that's a totally different thing.
the Google Books project has to be the single largest instance of copyright infringement in history.
Well, in some sense, it is. At least it's a one-stop-shop showcase of rampant Copyfraud. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyfraud Thousands of books in the public domain which are marked as "copyrighted" by rogue Publishers like Pearson, Elsevier, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, Random House etc.