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  • If you are against copyright and the RIAA then how are books different or exempt from this? It's a curiosity for me since the scope of copyright seems to elude many who support free distribution of music and movies but get upset at other forms of books.

    • You can't agglomerate everyone's positions together without finding some contradictions. :) For every 25 drooling, raving anti-copyright person on slashdot, there's always someone there calling them a bunch of drooling, raving lunatics and defending the system.

      My belief is that even when I disagree with a law, I should follow it and work for change legally within the system. This means I don't copy music, software, etc. For me, this actually comes up most often with church sheet music. My father is a

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • I have that's not an absolute position of yours. What about when slavery was legal? Would you have tried to follow that law? How about if you were a slave?

        How about laws on the books all over the place that attempt to limit people's rights to protest (requiring permits, etc.)? Should people respect those?

        The DMCA? Jim Crow laws?

        It seems to me that choosing to follow a bad law is a matter of tactics in a given struggle (assuming the struggle involves overturning that law). Sometimes it makes sense t