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 Posted: Tue Apr 1st, 2008 06:35 pm
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David

Perhaps we are.  But if one considers some of the anti-plagiarism software programs, I see some light at the end of the tunnel.  (and I don't think it is a freight train coming our direction)

Three things have to happen:

1. A clear understanding that copying copyrighted material is illegal.  The debate in this thread is an indication that people do not understand the law.

2. Enforcement actions on the most serious violators. 

3. Publicity of these enforcement actions.

We are never going to stop all illegal copying.  However, it can be dramatically reduced.  The truth is the average person is not comfortable breaking the law.  If there is the remotest chance that someone would get caught, most people will not take the risk.

It is really like automobiles and speed limits.  There are few automobiles made today that could not exceed 100 mph.  Yet, few people would ever go that fast.  We might feel comfortable at 7 or 8 mph over the speed limit, but would not run the risk of getting caught going 40 mph over the limit.

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