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Copyfraud: Poisoning the public domain

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Okay, it will probably ...

... be a nice little earner for copyright professionals but I think I recognise a bit of a pattern.

In a norther part of the UK (Scotland to be precise) crofter families lived and tilled the land for many a year. They were not a theoretical based people but a pragmatic sort that depended upon community in a land that was theirs until that is the notion and legal form of "land ownership" came into being. And of course, the land owner might never have had any experience of or spent any time in the land he owned. However, he did have a bit of paper backed by "law" to say he did own the land.

The crofters did not have a bit of paper... 'Nuff said?

The same thing happened in the Americas, NZ, Oz, .. Aphrika ...

So you see, bits of paper backed by "law" are very, very important.

Well, I can't really be bothered with any more but I'd guess you can predict one interim conclusion or more: consideration of new ownership must cater for previous unregistered ownership by longer standing traditions, the public needs to have a legal entity of its own ...

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