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    The Case for Copyright Reform

    A lot of enforcement doesn’t require any breach of those traditional ideas of privacy. If I post a torrent on a public website, or even just participate in seeding the file then that isn’t a private communication in the way that a telephone call or physical letter, or indeed email is. Neither morally nor legally.
    There are plenty of kinds of real world communication that don’t come with the same presumption of privacy. For example the moment you ship something internationally it’s liable to be examined. Privacy is complicated.

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    While I am inherently predisposed to disagree with anything the Pirate party proposes, the passage you posted above is pretty well-reasoned (that’s a lot of Ps), though it has nothing to do with copyright, and more to do with privacy rights. That being said, much of what the author proposes is already true in the U.S. unless you contract out of it.
    The real issue is not the privacy laws in the U.S., but user agreements with the major service providers. Their TOSs and Privacy Policies are not friendly to privacy-minded folks, and give the provider access to just about anything they want. It’s one of the benefits and drawbacks of our country’s right to contract.

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    Without reading it, I suppose thaht’s technically true. In order for something to have copyright protection over something, it must be disclosed. But then again, if something is perfectly private, it’s copyright cannot be infringed: no one has access to it to copy it.
    Similarly, if you infringe a work’s copyright, but keep it private, you’ll never be caught because the owner will never know you copied.
    So, while it may be true, I’m not sure that fact matters.

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