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From: Alexander Terekhov (terekhov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-07-31 08:41:33

Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > When you buy a book you don't sign a contract too. Nor a license.
> > That does not mean that you have rights to copy the original work or
> > derivatives.
> Nothing; fair use (fair use copies also fall under 17 USC 109, BTW)
> aside for a moment.

I meant that you indeed can't make copies and derivatives (apart from
fair use). But you own your copy and you can do things similar to
(LEE v. A.R.T. COMPANY, 125 F.3d 580 (7th Cir. 1997))

I just quote one passage that I really like.

We asked at oral argument what would happen if a purchaser jotted a 
note on one of the note cards, or used it as a coaster for a drink, 
or cut it in half, or if a collector applied his seal (as is common 
in Japan); Lee's counsel replied that such changes prepare 
derivative works, but that as a practical matter artists would not 
file suit. A definition of derivative work that makes criminals out 
of art collectors and tourists is jarring despite Lee's gracious 
offer not to commence civil litigation.

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