« on: April 05, 2014, 09:24:50 AM »
If the image for this thread came from a document sourced from Canon, does Canon own the copyright to it and does this website have permission to reproduce it? I'm all for leaking information a la Snowden, but you need to be intelligent about how it is done. Another aspect of the Snowden issue is that all documents produced by the government are not covered by copyright as they're "owned" by the people - they're just subject to official secrets acts, etc - and can thus be reproduced freely without limit. That doesn't apply to documents produced and owned by corporations.
Sorry but that's a very poor legal argument and analogy.
Snowden docs were protected by defense statuses, something far more serious than copyright.
In most western country, the right to inform, even just for consumers rights, is superior to copyright.
Just to make a ludicrous point, if I patent murder, do I prevent you to blow the whistle as a witness?
Go on leaking as long as there is a point about it, you'll be fine.