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  • Feb 22nd, 2013 @ 10:53am

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    correction about "youtube" comment, I used the word "without" instead of "with". I meant watching with.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013 @ 10:48am

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    Art progressed without copyright law. Copyright didn't exist in ancient days and when the "Mona Lisa" was painted. A lot of kids are creative but they don't all create just because we have copyright. I take photos and I hate copyright law and I am willing to let others use my photos. I hope to make computer games someday and allow others to copy and modify them. Copyright law is so strict. You probably have already violated copyright. Have you ever knowingly watched a "You Tube" video without copyright infringing material? Have you ever played a game based off a copyrighted movie or book at a public playground as a child? That violates copyright under strict interpertation. Have you ever violated an EULA for software that said you could only use it if you comply with its terms? Have you ever made a collage out of pictures as a kid? Under strict interpertation of copyright law if you did any of the following you violated copyright. Copyright shouldn't be like this. People can make money off their work without copyright. They might not make as much ,but not everyone is entitled to be a millionare.People can work hard like other people and be creative on the side if their art is not supporting them. How can someone steal imagination? Nothing physical is stolen at all. Another thing why do some act as if they can take from previous works before copyright law but others can't use their ideas without permission? Also copyright shouldn't last after authors death. My mother has sold photos. She was a photographer and I don't except nor wish to make money off her art. I did't do the work she did. If I ever get to make fantasy roleplaying computer games I will do it becasue I want to ,not becasue we have copyright law.

  • Feb 21st, 2013 @ 9:37pm

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    please disregard my last comment. When I made the comment it looked like you were commenting on what I said. Then I viewed the page again and it showed it differently. I feel like an idiot.

  • Feb 21st, 2013 @ 9:26pm

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    I know copyright law has changed since its first inception. Why else would I wish we had the 1790 copyright law instead? Copyright protection didn't last as long. Derivative works were not covered. It didn't apply to all creative works. Our current copyright law is far more strict than 1790. I think you may have misunderstood or didn't fully read the comment.

  • Feb 21st, 2013 @ 8:40pm

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    I wish we had the 1790 copyright law instead of our present day law. It seems to me many people would support less strict copyright law yet we have strict copyright law that restricts people from expressing creativity. Creating fan fiction,fan art,using small clips of movies and music to make internet videos,modifying a game, and singing songs in public should not be illegal. Many people are ignorant of how strict our copyright law really is. I emailed the representative of my district concerning copyright law twice and never got an answer ,but if enough people emailed their representatives I think congress may amend copyright to be more reasonable. I have seen petitions trying to get copyright less strict that don't get enough signatures but if more people signed perhaps it could make a difference. We have had creative works for thousands of years without copyright law. I like to take photographs and if someone wants to use my work without my permission I will not sue them. I want to make computer games someday and hope to go the college in the fall and take computer programming classes. Copyright and patents concern me, I don't want to break the law. I want to create games for fun and share them but I am restricted. If I ever create computer games I will allow people to copy,modify,create derivative works of it,sell it,and I don't plan on making stupid EULAs. I think copyright law restricts the the free speech part of the 1st amendment more than any other law. I don't want companies like disney to influence copyright law instead of the people.

  • Feb 20th, 2013 @ 9:30pm

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    Patents have not been always around. If there was no such thing as patent law or copyright then me basing my work off another is not wrong. I am not physically taking anything. If I wrote a book and you had a dream about it could I call you a theft? Did you steal my imagination? No. What if someone patented the wheel or the plough? How far would inventions have gone long time ago if there was patent law when there was none? If people don't want others to use their ideas why do they use other people's idea? Why do people write in English if they didn't invent it? People shouldn't be so selfish and think just because they have an idea they are entitled to make money off of every use of it. I I build a chair and sell it to you should I be able to sue you if you paint it? Should I charge you everytime a person other than you uses it? How can a nonphysical idea be stolen? How is using an idea of another theft? I don't like patents. What if someone was able to create a life saving medicine ,but in order to do so they had they had to build off of others idea but couldn't invent it because a greedy person used patent law to prevent it and people died.If you a scientist you had to learn science. You read other people's ideas and if you invented something you used your knowledge which you got from other people.

  • Feb 20th, 2013 @ 1:02am

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    I would rather not have patents and strict copyright law. I want to get into computer programming but I am so restricted in what I can make. I don't want to break the law.I would like to be able to use software without being restricted by copyright law and patent law.If someone makes a work or creates a work before other people they can control the use of it. My generation is more restricted, I think than the previous,more things have been created. So much stuff has already been taken. If I create a computer game someday I would want to share it with the world ,not be stingy and sue people for building on it. If I ever do become a programmer and create a computer game (which I would like to do later on this year or next) I would allow people to create derivative works of it and make multiple copies. I believe that I could still make money and do this.

  • Feb 19th, 2013 @ 11:35pm

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    I think we would be better off without copyright law than have the copyright law we have now. What ever happened to sharing? If I wrote a book, I would want it shared. I would not get upset if someone made an audio book of it so blind people could listen. I think copyright restricts the 1st amendment.I think some people and corporations have gotten to greedy and want to make money off of use their every work.If copyright existed in ancient days some of the works we have now I think we may not even have. I don't belive we need strict copyright for people to make money off their work. People made money off artistic works before copyright. The KJV translation of Bible is still sold in stores today and that is public domain. People don't have to pay that the KJV but still do. I think we should all email our rep.s in the congress. If they get enough emails from us "common people" they may listen. I have seen petitions to get less strict copyright law on the whitehouse.gov site but they don't get enough signatures. I want the government to know that many people don't like the strict copyright. Many Americans are ignorant on how strict the law is and break it.I don't want sharing a work with the blind or deaf to be illegal. I wish the copyright law didn't protect derivative works. The law did not always protect derivative works. In 1790 a person could write a translation of a book in another language. If we got rid of the derivative works part of copyright people could make versions of works for the blind and deaf without breaking the law. It would also allow for people to express creativity.

  • Feb 2nd, 2013 @ 7:04pm

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    I think there are times when kids are given drugs by doctors and don't even need it and say they have some kind of disorder, not that I don't believe in mental illness but I think some doctors don't understand. Some people are affected differently by things like certain meds, games,etc. Many can play war as kids and never kill andyone but a few who are bad may get ideas but the game never makes them do it they just may get influenced or get inspiration from a game on how to do something they alreadly had in mind. It seems people like to blame something for other people's behaviour like a disorder some one doesn't have, games,guns,rpg games or etc. Drugs are not always the answer to bad behaviour. Some parents don't know how to raise kids and take them to a shrink who gives them meds that don't even help.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:17pm

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    I think video games CAN infleunce people but does not make them do things like other forms of media. For example, I have read things that influenced how I think ,but I let it because I agreed with the writings.I use to play GTA. It didn't make me steal and I never killed anyone ,but it could have influenced people in other ways for example, like they may not react to a murder reported in the news with sadness like they use to if they did or in other ways. I think people have free will and can choose what to do and they choose to have things influence them. It is a choice. I realized that games like GTA are not good. Why play it? I can understand people playing a bad guy in games and fighting their friend who plays a good guy in games. I do it, but for single player I don't do the villian thing to kill good guys. I think games can influence how you react to things and how you think if you let it. I think the real problem with murder shootings is the murderer themself, they allow murder in their heart and perhaps they got inspired to murder by a game or movie but they are still accoutable for their own actions. I don't think a video game has EVER made people do anything. They choose. I play lots of games but don't try to imitate everything I play, but one who is mentally ill might try.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:30pm

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    I am a video game player and I think there are some games that should not be allowed like "Grand Theft Auto". Why play a criminal when you can play the hero? I know video games don't make people murder but they can influence I think. I use to play games like "Grand Theft Auto" but stopped because I think its wrong now. I don't think all video games with violence are wrong. I play games with violence in them but I play games where you fight evil guys and monsters. I also play some multiplayer shooters ,but I am not a violent person, I think intent and how you play matters. Some people I think shouldn't play certain games it depends. Another thing is how come I read of stuff where video games are blamed ,but what about movies where gangsters are the main characters or evil glorified?

  • Jan 31st, 2013 @ 6:03pm

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    I think if people started to write to their congressman or women to get less strict copyright laws they may listen if enough people write. I emailed mine. With the way things are going with copyright law will there even be a fair use clause in the future. What about the 2nd circuit court ruling on the first sale doctrine? It seems consumers are being more restricted on what they can do with what they buy.



    please check out abolish the copyright monoploly @ facebook to show support for less strict copyright

  • Jan 5th, 2013 @ 4:50pm

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    I so want to boycott disney. As a kid I didn't like many of their movies now I hate disney greed. I think we should all boycott disney. If people stopped buying their stuff maybe they might realize how foolish the company has been. Perhaps disney will become unpopular with this generation and fade. I hardly watch disney anymore and knowing how they are on copyright I may just boycott them all togother even though I wanted to go on their rides for vacation.

    Abolish the "Copyright" Monopoly

  • Jan 5th, 2013 @ 1:45pm

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    I hope copyright law changes soon and for the better and just go away completely. We should have laws fair and just that prevent immorality and not give comapines monopolies over a creative idea. I think we should let the government know what the coomon people think so they stop listening to greedy "trolls" I started a page on "Face book" called Abolish the "Copyright Monopoly".

    2 petitions I recommend
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/shorten-excessive-copyright-terms/XMc72zjc

    h ttp://wh.gov/UIW2

    I think the people should let the government know what we think of stupid copyright laws.
    If a lot of people petitioned the government or if everyone wrote an email to their Congressman or woman trying to change the copyright than maybe the law would change and we won't ever hear of copyright trolls suing again.

  • Jan 5th, 2013 @ 4:31am

    copyright law is stupid (as Sabrina)

    Well disney do unto to others as you would have them do unto you. You wanted strict copyright laws you got strict copyright laws. How does it feel to be "on the other side of the fence? I wish we didn't have copyright law. It limits creativity so much. I started a petition to at least limit copyright a little. If I called to get rid of the law completely I don't think it would get the response I want. I know the white house doesn't make copyright laws congress does but they don't have a petition page on their site. But I hope the petition can do something like get attention and I know that the president can sign laws if congress approves. Here is the link to my petition http://wh.gov/UIW2 I need 150 signatures before it is searchable. Until then the link is the only way to view.
    There is also another petition on the whitehouse site to limit copyright to last not longer han 10 years which I signed. That one is searchable. I think its time for regular people to heard on copyright law. Its not fair disney can help get a dumb law passed like the "Sonny Bono Act". We are the ones eho pay the price of the excessive copyright laws buy have to pay more money and on restricted on how we used copyright items we buy. Humans we able to craete art and advance without dumb copyright laws. If copyright law existed long time ago and the old fairy tales and princess stories were copyrighted where would disney be?
    Copyright allows the greedy to make more money and create a monopoly on imagination. If copyright law and patents didn't exist we might be more advanced. If I were to invent something or write a story I wouldn't do it because I could copyright it but because I want to. I like to take photos and create art and if someone wants to use my photos they can go ahead. I took the photos to share with others not to be a scrooge about it.