Lila couldn't remember where she parked, in general.
Specifically, she put her key in the wrong Camry, and it worked. She started to drive away, but stopped when a man belly-flopped onto the hood, his eyes ringing with consumer terror. Through the glass, she read the obscenities from his lips and forgave him vigorously for denting her hood. She mouthed an apology, and returned his car to a similar parking spot. He said his name was Alan.
After the hood dent was pulled—she paid for half, over pad thai—and they were married, she drove his Camry all the time, and often forgot where she parked it, even while she remembered the story or lost her keys.
Usually, Lila didn't forget where she parked their house. Looking everywhere, she found some keys in his pocket. No key worked so she turned around, tripping over a bush that shouldn't have been there, and caught her balance in a patch of wet paint on the side of the house. She didn't like the tone, but coping was easier when she realized it wasn't her house, or her smudged jacket.
It took her a while to get home from there, but after her and Alan were divorced, the wrong house went up for sale, and repainting. She bought it with her share of the assets, and moved in. She had her own keys made, and tossed his into the bush.
Books were printed only on printing presses until recently. It was possible to
make a copy yourself by hand, but it wasn't practical because it took so much
more work than using a printing press. And it produced something so much less
attractive that, for all intents and purposes, you could act as if it were
impossible to make books except by mass producing them. And therefore copyright
didn't really take any freedom away from the reading public. There wasn't
anything that a book purchaser could do that was forbidden by copyright.
But this isn't true for computer programs. It's also not true for tape
cassettes. It's partly false now for books, but it is still true that for most
books it is more expensive and certainly a lot more work to Xerox them than to
buy a copy, and the result is still less attractive. Right now we are in a
period where the situation that made copyright harmless and acceptable is
changing to a situation where copyright will become destructive and
intolerable. So the people who are slandered as “pirates” are in fact the
people who are trying to do something useful that they have been forbidden to
do. The copyright laws are entirely designed to help people take complete
control over the use of some information for their own good. But they aren't
designed to help people who want to make sure that the information is
accessible to the public and stop others from depriving the public. I think
that the law should recognize a class of works that are owned by the public,
which is different from public domain in the same sense that a public park is
different from something found in a garbage can. It's not there for anybody to
take away, it's there for everyone to use but for no one to impede. Anybody in
the public who finds himself being deprived of the derivative work of something
owned by the public should be able to sue about it.
-- Richard Stallman, interview in BYTE, 1986
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