copy protected media

Douglas Pollard dougpol1 at
Sat Jul 10 20:59:12 UTC 2010

On 07/10/2010 04:21 PM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 10 July 2010 12:57, Michael Pavling<pavling at>  wrote:
>> On 9 July 2010 15:10, nepal<nepal.roade at>  wrote:
>>> A friend has just lent me a couple of Pride DVDs
>> Unless I'm very much mistaken, "lending" is prohibited by the
>> copyright owners as much as duplicating.
> I don't think that is right.  You are allowed to give it to someone
> else (transferring the ownership), as a present for example, and if
> that is so then they can always transfer it back to you later.
> Also consider a book for example.  One can certainly lend a book,
> libraries do it quite a lot.  In fact they lend out CDs and DVDs also.
> Colin
As far as I know it is the disc, tape or record that has rights, you 
can, give it away sell it or loan it, and it used to be that you could 
make a backup copy. All this was fair use.   Since most CD's are now 
only good for a short time,  in effect you are only renting it.    Most 
music is copyrigted for the life of the writer plus, I believe 25 years 
the last I heard . I also believe the performance by the musician or 
singer is protected for ever. If this is so, recent movies will never be 
in the public domain. Copyright is now only to protect the media 
companies  The media business has really screwed us over when you 
consider the most brilliant invention ever conceived of, is only good 
for twenty years and that is long enough.   I think!        Doug

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