Re: Bill of Rights

Jeff Smith (
Wed, 24 Aug 1994 07:55:09 +0900

If my memory serves me - a large portion of US law/constitution was
defined in terms of what the government may or may not do to or for
the individual...


|>In message <> Sarr Blumson writes:
|>> Daniel W. Connolly says:
|>>> In message <Pine.3.85.9408221141.A462-0100000@enews>, "Rob Raisch, The
|>>> Internet Company" writes:
|>>> > Further, I have no idea of the number of
|>>> >consumers who view my content through your cache or what they view, how
|>>> >and when.
|>>> Do you have a right to know this? There was a lot of talk at the WWW
|>>> conference in Geneva about a "Bill of Rights" for the information age.
|>>> This is an interesting issue to add to the list.
|>> In the sense that he has a right to be paid for each one, yes, he has a right
|>> to know the number.
|>Not sure about that. If I buy a book or a paper, am I allowed to let other
|>people read bits? yes. Lend the whole of it to others? yes. Do these other
|>people have to pay the publisher? No. Do I have to inform the publisher that on
|>such and such a date joe borrowed my book for two hours and read chapters 2, 4
|>and 7? No. Indeed, were I required to do so this would be a significant
|>infringement of my personal freedom.
|>I do not see why merely publishing information digitally changes this
|>established practice.
|>#ifdef UK_site
|>There was an interesting article in the Guardian on Monday pointing out that, i
|>contrast to the US and most of Europe, in the UK we do not have a specific
|>constitution or codified rights. Rather than specify what we may do, we have
|>(supposedly) the freedom to do anything that is not specifically illegal. The
|>present government is of course attempting to change this with the Criminal
|>Injustice Bill. But I digress.
|>If a "Bill of Rights" for the information age were to be published, is there an
|>existing mechanism whereby it could be made law, as we do not have specific
|>written rights that could be added to?