[free-sklyarov] Winning the propaganda War

ruben at mrbrklyn.com ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Tue Nov 20 12:16:16 PST 2001

How do we best fix the position by Standford that unauthorized 
reproduction of music is illegal under copyright law.

This is a flat out wrong statement, and mistates the facts, further
perpetuating the lies of copyright despotisms.


See this link:


MP3 and Software Piracy Information Sheet

Downloading, trading, and uploading MP3's is a hot issue with today's
internet. Stanford University is effected by MP3's in several different
ways, and has made the following policies and comments regarding MP3 use
and distribution.

[*] Are MP3's banned at Stanford?
No. MP3 is simply a file format for music. It makes no sense to ban a file

[*] Is Napster blocked at Stanford?
Currently Napster is not blocked at Stanford University. There is an active
suit against napster by A&M RECORDS. Currently Stanford's position is to
let the US judicial system decide on the fate of Napster. Consult the
amicus brief available from the US copyright office for more information on
this case.

[*] Okay, but what is Stanford's opinion on MP3's and Napster?
Stanford University position is simply to obey all applicable laws
regarding copyright.

[*] Is trading MP3's illegal?
Unauthorized reproduction or transmission of copyrighted materials is a
violation of US copyright law. MP3's quiet often are digitally copyrighted
material, so unless you have legal permission to trade, use, or distribute
an MP3 you may be violating the law.

[*] How can I tell if an MP3 is copyrighted?
When in doubt, assume that the material is copyrighted. You should not
distribute nor download any MP3 without the explicit permission of the
copyright holder.

[*] How can I trade MP3's legally?
First, you must obtain the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
That permission must be furnished upon demand. Please note that a public
statement by a copyright holder may not be sufficent, as often copyrights
are held by contract, not just the specific musician.

[*] Where can I get information on copyright law?
As always, legal issues are best resolved by a lawyer or attorney. If
you're just interested in knowing the law, see the US copyright office's
web site at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/
Additionally, you may want to check Stanford's Faire Use Website.

[*] How do I report a copyright violation?
Stanford maintains a contact point for complaints in compliance with the
Digital Millinium Copyright Act (DMCA). See
http://www.stanford.edu/group/itss-ccs/security/dmca.html for more



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