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Grazing the Net (1994) (fno.org)
13 points by mverwijs 8 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

I am intrigued by the copyright notice: "A single copy may be downloaded and read but not printed or distributed in any manner without express written permission."

I'm not sure what that even means for a document these days. I can't remember the last time I printed something other than an official document (e.g. passport application) so I'm safe about that. Linking to it must be fine; that's no different from telling a friend (various European publishers notwithstanding). But downloading it makes all sorts of temporary copies these days; does this mean I can't open two tabs on the same document? I have a proxy for all http{,s} connections; it and my browser have caches so have I violated this notice?

I guess it's a heavy-handed way of discouraging third-party distribution as a printed or electronic book. Legalese is bad for transparency, but oversimplification can be harmful too.

This is adorable.

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