The Free Information Society

Our PDF files containing the full text of the Malleus Maleficarum, including my introduction, was posted on the Free Information Society web site without any proper credit. This implies that the files contained on that web site are the original work of the Free Information Society, and not a product of years of pain-staking transcription by Christie Rice and myself.

Noted at the bottom of the introduction page was the following;

“All Rights Reserved by Jonathan Dunder. Do not reproduce without permission.”

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Depending upon whom you ask, Wicasta Lovelace is an author, musician, artist, web designer and/or delusional lunatic (which one he is at any given moment depends upon the day of the week, really). You can find him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Wicasta is working on several novels and recording music with his band, Windhaven.

2 Responses to The Free Information Society

  1. Wicasta September 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    It wasn’t the use of the text that made this an issue. It was the use of our PDF file. The text of the Malleus Maleficarum is certainly in the public domain. However, the introduction that I wrote, as well as the HTML coding and PDF files on this web site, are certainly not in the public domain. They are works that exist outside of the Malleus Maleficarum, and they are protected by United States copyright law.

    Jonathan Dunder, the apparent creator of the Free Information Society certainly understands the difference. He made sure to lay claim to the copyright of his own work when he wrote an introduction to his web site, stating “All Rights Reserved by Jonathan Dunder. Do not reproduce without permission.” This hypocrisy is endemic in online culture, which apparently believes that anything that can be stolen is fair game and should be free anyway. And rest assured, anything that is taken and used without permission has been stolen.

    Had Jonathan Dunder simply copied the text of the Malleus Maleficarum and pasted it into web pages which he created himself, or used that copied text to create his own PDF file (an original work), the Free Information Society web site would not have been listed as an Unsanctioned User. Jonathan Dunder took our PDF file in its entirety and posted it on his own web site with his own introduction, without any credit whatsoever to myself, Christie Jury, or Hyperscribe, Inc. (who created the PDF), leaving the impression that the PDF was his own work. That is in clear violation of our registered copyrights.

    Simply put, just because something CAN be stolen, it does not make one any less of a thief for taking it.

    ~ Wicasta Lovelace

  2. Faustus August 8, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Not really. Although the site may lack scholarly manners.. websites and communities such as The Free Information Society, The Pirate Bay, Limewire, and Bittorrent, to name a few are not really claiming credit for the work. They are merely subverting the modern-day capitalist (not to insult the work of this site and it’s authors to make the text available) idea that texts, music, and other forms of data and cultural information should not readily be available to everyone, anywhere, anytime for any reason. They are actually championing the work even though they fail to cite it correctly. If I ever produce some work and the copyright is violated.. I won’t really care, but I will expect to be invited to alot of dinner parties.

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