Wonder how long they'd claim for machine-readable punch cards?
One 80-column punch card can hold about 72-bytes plus an 8-byte sequence number for keeping the cards in order (depending on the actual encoding format used).
so at ~700MB per CD, that's 10,194,489 cards per CD, multiplied by 1200 CD's is 1,223,386,800 punch cards which, at 56 cards/cm, would be a stack 2184km (1365 miles) high of machine-readable punch cards.
If some sort of copyright system was to be implemented, how about a compromise?
Grant automatic copyright as now, but that duration is only small, like, for example, 5 years (or 1 year or 3 years or 10 years or something - waaayy less than currently).
And also allow copyright registrations, perhaps along the lines of the old system, 25 years + a 25 year extension.
So, if during the short automatic period you decide it is worth copyrighting, then if you want to maintain that copyright you then have to register. So, if we take 5 years as automatic, you could get 5 years automatic + 25 years on registration + 25 years extension = 55 years.
Actual numbers subject to variation, but follow the system:
short automatic + longer registration (potentially requiring fees, increasing with each renewal).
1 + 50 3.141516 + 15 + 15 (can I have pie with that?) 7 + 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 (seven and four score...)
To stop people copyrighting absolutely everything they create.
For example, an email. Currently with automatic copyright, every email that is written is under copyright.
However, if registration is required, then you'd have to submit a registration for every email you write if you wished to maintain copyright in your emails. Which would be pretty simple to do if there was no registration fee. An email client could be written to automatically submit the registration form with the authority every time you wrote an email. Which would flood the authority, creates massive amounts of records to search through to verify copyright, and so on.
If, however, there was a tiny fee, then you'd have to pay for each email. $1 is big enough to make it costly to automatically lodge registrations for every single email, forum post, IM message and so on that was written. And it's low enough that if you did write an epic email or forum post that you think is fucking awesome and should be recorded for posterity, then you could lodge registration with your $1 fee with the authority for that piece of work.
What better way to start a police state and train the masses to accept it than by starting young? In the schools, get children used to having the police on every corridor corner. That there is no such thing as a minor infringement that can be dealt with by standard school punishments, detention, suspension, not allowing them to take place in other school activities (sports etc). Every infringement is criminal and must be dealt with by the police.
Training has started for our future police-state society.
Re: Re: Re: Wow.. Most redic crap I've seen in a while.
The problem is, it's often not a case of winning or losing the legal argument.
The cost of trying to win the argument can be greater than you can afford, so often cases can be decided purely on the amount of funds available to either party. Sorta "whoever blinks first loses" where 'blinks' is "runs out of money".
It could cost several million dollars to defend such a suit.
That is one of the purposes behind various anti-SLAPP statuettes passed in some states, where they recognise that the mere act of defending oneself against a frivolous lawsuit can send you bankrupt before a judgement before a court verdict is even reached.
He doesn't have a patent. He has a copyright on a specific piece of software that is a specific implementation of an email system created at least a decade after other implementations of email systems like the AUTODIN network referenced on the wikipedia article about email.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What goes around, comes around
These statements also resulted in a wave of efforts by others to discredit Dr. Ayyadurai and erase him from the history of electronic communications, attacks on Wikipedia that remove reference to his contribution,...
I think that quote would be more accurate if it read:
"These statements also resulted in a wave of efforts by others to correct the disinformation spread by Dr. Ayyadurai and correctly state his place in the history of electronic communications, edits on wikipedia that more accurately reflect the history..."