The Digital Media Project  
Source L. Chiariglione
Title Response to Edward Felten’s article No. 050510chiariglione01

 

Response to Edward Felten’s article

Of course Prof. Felten has the right to have his opinions, but I am not ready to Grant him the Right to talk about things he has clearly not read. Nobody has the right to write 

All of this is done with little if any reference to copyright law.

when DMP has put “Mapping of Traditional Rights and Usages to the Digital Space” as indissolubly linked to the introduction of DRM, even in interoperable form, has spent the greater part of last year cataloguing and documenting TRUs and has issued a Call for Contributions at the same time it has published the IDP-1 specification, a link to which appears in the same announcement he made a quote from in his article.

I also have no difficulty Granting him the Right to show his ignorance about Works. If he had just consulted the references he would have seen that very much the same concepts appear in the “IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records”. I am equally ready to Grant him the Right to show his ignorance of the culture of a country with a history ten times his own.

But, again, I am not ready to Grant him the Right to despise a culture, if he does not know or understand it. Unless, as I said before, that is because he had to fill half his article with an irrelevant quotation because he had, indeed, not read the documents.