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SCARY BIG CORPORATIONS

Mar 03, 2004, 2:45pm

Some real scary news south of the border....

As most with any knowledge of copyright laws know, you can't copyright a fact. The fact that it's 11 Celsius today is a fact that cannot be copyrighted by the Weather Channel. The fact that 52% of Americans are overweight is a fact that cannot be copyrighted by Jenny Craig. That facts cannot be copyrighted means a big list of facts (eg, postal codes, daily temperatures, etc). can be copied by anyone.

And frankly, that's the way it should be.

But now, the US Government is considering passing a bill that would allow companies to copyright facts. And guess who's pushing it... congressmen and women who are being propped up by lobbyists from companies like Nexus Lexus.

I'd just like to ask one question. At what point did the US government stop being about the people, for the people, and become about the corporation, and for the corporation? That seems like a cold hard fact these days, and be careful, it may be copyrighted soon.

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