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On Wed, 13 Jul 2005, bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
The problem, as Walt stated is not the United States, it is the fact that International Copyright laws are not consistent and they do not provide for the same exemptions that our laws do when it comes to producing books in alternative formats. I can blame the United States for many things, but this ain't one of them.
-----Original Message----- From: bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Walt Smith Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:14 AM To: bookport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookport] Re: How do you use you Book Port?
It's not just *our* copyright laws, it's the whole topic of international copyright protection in general. U.S. copyright law has absolutely no binding legal effect outside of the United States, just as no other U.S. law does.
-----Original Message----- From: bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bookport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Pietruk Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:08 PM To: bookport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookport] Re: How do you use you Book Port?
I am a bit surprised, and disappointed, that Canada hasn't yet become a part of the BookShare family. I would have to believe that our copyright laws are relatively similar and, hence, shouldn't be a concern to the Benetech legal eagles. But, I understand that they are exceedingly cautious knowing that they operate under an exemption in the U.S. copyright law; so they feel compelled not to take chances which might bring on expensive litigation and endanger the project.