> From: Darryl Wiggers <Darryl.Wiggers@AllianceAtlantis.com>
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> Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 09:51:07 -0800 (PST)
> To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: RE: VERY interesting copyright article
> Where is it written that one can't alter a legally purchased copy? The
> warning on all my videos only talks about public screenings and copying.
> That's it. Besides, it's not as if he disguising what he's doing. No one who
> is interested in purchasing an unedited version would be fooled into dealing
> with this guy...
> According to the Copyright Infringement Act of 1976 "Any person who, with
> fraudulent intent, removes or alters any notice of copyright appearing on a
> copy of a copyrighted work shall be fined not more than $2,500." That's it.
> Only the warning can't be "removed" or "altered." And you can't even claim
> fraud with Mr. CleanVideo. He spells out what is omitted... I can't find
> anything else in the Copyright Infringement Act that suggests that what Mr.
> CleanVideo claims he's doing can't be done. Can anyone?
> And let's suppose he is nailed. How is his crime different from a video
> store that sells me a "used" mangled, chewed-up video that's blurry and full
> of picture drop-outs. That video has been altered too from its original
> condition. Maybe I can get the MPAA on my local store's case...
> Personally I would never do business with Mr. CleanVideo because I want to
> see my movies unedited. But I'm not convinced that what he's doing is
> illegal, and cannot share in the drooling enthusiasm to have him drawn and
> quartered. I especially don't understand why people seem less bothered by
> corporations who lie, deceive, cheat, overcharge and steal from millions of
> consumers than a guy who is openly providing a seemingly legal service that
> his community clearly wants.