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Re: Reporter faked the news.
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- Subject: Re: Reporter faked the news.
- From: "James Tobin" <RJT@gml.lib.uwm.edu>
- Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 18:51:36 EDT
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Your first claim may well have the law supporting it; I don't know. And your subsequent concern surely has the force of a moral and--I hope--legal right to privacy. But I am not at all sure that "they don't owe it to society to maintain it," in reference to actually published work. Once something is said, or published, publicly, it is "on the record." It cannot be unsaid, only "disowned." And even legally, under US copyright law, at least, a "fair use" level of quotation, or actual ownership of a physical copy of a published work, cannot be taken away. R. James Tobin Collection Development Manager U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries >>> C.Oppenheim@lboro.ac.uk 5/15/2003 5:11:31 PM >>> Surely anyone who owns copyright in a work has the right to destroy that copyright work. They don't owe it to society to maintain it. There have been many cases where famous literary figures have destroyed their own drafts or personal notes, or have requested that such documents be destroyed on their death. I shudder to think how one can introduce, let alone police a law that required that (say) everything I ever wrote must never be destroyed. Professor Charles Oppenheim
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