RE: VERY interesting copyright article

Darryl Wiggers (
Fri, 2 Feb 2001 11:24:52 -0800 (PST)

Thank you, Trent, for understanding that I'm only playing devil's advocate.

What makes this whole issue interesting is that, as far as I can tell, no
one has ever done anything quite like CleanVideo and the copyright laws
(from what I see) never anticipated this wrinkle.

If CleanVideo is successfully nailed it could have all kinds of weird
repercussions. Think about it. It'll mean that every video in every library
and home can be scrutinized to ensure that they preserve the intended rights
holder's version. If I accidentally tape over my copy of Saving Private
Ryan, and Spielberg finds out, could he have me throw me in jail? If I don't
like the late fees my library charges, I could borrow a video, do a
CleanVideo edit, bring it back, call the MPAA and tell them my library is
fraudulently (whereas CleanVideo is NOT attempting fraud) loaning out
derivative versions of movies without permission from the copyright
holders... hey, you tell me. Am I really being silly?