The more the book publishers focus attention on this issue, the more the USTR and Canada should use that attention to educate American officials on Section 107 fair use and the erosion of fair use rights.
In that case, the "transformative work" he's done is just another name for "format shifting."
It's as though I were to rip Mad Max: Fury Road from Blu-Ray and sell copies without permission as convenient Mpeg downloads. As my own "transformative" work. It's an already well-debated and settled issue, and the courts would not side with me.
Nor would they even if I attempted to add new meaning without substantially altering the original work. Say, by declaring Fury Road to be my continuation of the Driving Miss Daisy franchise.
"Police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available." - Frank Herbert, "God Emperor of Dune"
I watched this a couple decades ago with Ashton Tate - one of the "Big Three" software companies along with Microsoft and Lotus - and it's dBASE relational database language.
A thriving development community had grown around dBase, providing custom programming, add-ins, development tools and consulting. They pushed dBASE into new markets at no cost to Ashton Tate.
Then the company founder died, and his replacement was hostile to the dBASE community. The company destroyed the market for many of the add-ons by announcing that the same features would be in the next version of dBase - features that often turned out to be vaporware. For others they used vague legal threats.
This led the community to gather instead around other "xBase" language products like FoxBASE/FoxPro and Clipper.
Ashton Tate tried to stop them by filing court papers to declare the dBase language the property of the company. The case against Fox Software was tossed out after the court ruled that because dBase was based on JPL/DIS - a fact that Ashton Tate failed to disclose - the company didn't "own" it.
Between that and other bad decisions, Ashton Tate quickly disappeared.
Except that it wasn't just Germany, was it? They had plenty of collaboration everywhere from France to Romania and the Ukraine.
Historian Gwynne Dyer recently wrote had an excellent overview of why the Armenian genocide "was genocide through panic, incompetence and deliberate neglect, but it cannot be compared to what happened to the European Jews.
John Newton was a captain of slave ships even after finding God, not becoming an abolitionist until 34 years after retiring from that job. For both men you're talking about people in the 1700s. Their work ended slavery in Britain, but Britain remained the largest player in the Atlantic slave trade. Slavery didn't end in America until 1865 and elsewhere in the Christian world until 1888.
Both the Old and New Testaments are full of directives in favor of slavery. Christianity is a few decades ahead of the Islamic world in getting rid of it, but only a few decades.
As for racism, consider that when Mitt Romney was preaching in France, his church still taught that blacks were cursed and damned.
Certainly. I was going by stories in the papers like this one.
"Commanders were telling us that we were fighting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but they were not behaving like Christians," said Richard Okello, 19. "They were putting on rosaries and praying whenever they were planning a battle."
Still, while looking up the quote I found that the LRA leadership has been using a mix of Christianity, Islam and other religion. So I concede that the one point isn't entirely accurate.
The problem is that the violent Muslims are GOOD Muslims - following their prohet's words and actions faithfully.
The same can be said of Christians. You'll find much the same attitudes and commands towards other religions in both the Bible and the Koran.
150 years ago Biblical teachings were commonly used to justify slavery and racism. 50 years ago, they were commonly used to support racism and deny civil rights. 100 ago it was perfectly normal for Christian countries to invade and occupy the rest of the world - and yes, "spreading Christianity" was a major justification.
150 years ago Pope Pius IX fully supported and assisted kidnapping Jewish children so that they could be raised as Christians. In fact even the modern church still supports Pius IX's decision.
In the last century the Christian world had WWI, WWII, the holocaust and the nuking of two cities - with clerics and padres on BOTH the German and Allied sides assuring their respective troops that God thought it was peachy-keen.
Anti-Semitic Romanian Orthodox fascist movements in Romania, such as the Iron Guard and Lancieri, were responsible for involvement in the Holocaust, Bucharest pogrom, and political murders during the 1930s
In Europe there were pogroms by Christians against the Jews even *after* WWII. Meanwhile the British government bombed five ships and attacked another as part of a campaign to discourage post-war Jewish refugees from sailing to then British-controlled Palestine.
Nothing in the Islamic world compares to the holocaust - the deliberate targeting of one religion by a great many Christians from France to the Ukraine.
And yes, there's Christians in the middle-east too: The Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacre by Christian Lebanese forces happened a couple decades ago.
In Uganda the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla army engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government, has been accused of using child soldiers and committing numerous crimes against humanity; including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, porters and sex slaves. It's led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the Christian Holy Spirit. LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.
The two sides in Northern Ireland were divided largely on religious lines. Yes, politics and past wrongs were a major cause rather than religion, but the same goes in the Islamic world.
The most you can say is that the Islamic world is a few decades behind the west. And even then, without much accuracy:
Christian Science Monitor: The myth of Muslim support for terror. Polls show that Americans are more approving of "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.
Tom Clancy's book "The Sum of All Fears" dealt with Arab nationalists trying to start a nuclear war between the US and Russia. For the movie the villains were changed to modern-day Nazis. The Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Collateral Damage" had the villains changed from Arab terrorists to Columbian drug lords. (Stereotyping Germans and Columbians is acceptable.)