Here's a moral dilemma for anyone who feels like pondering it.
It has come to my attention that Tim's church is holding a screening of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit today, and I have my doubts regarding whether or not they have the public exhibition license required to do such a thing. Am I out of line in going out of my way to bring the issue to the attention of the church so that they can rectify it if need be? It seems to me that any church would want to make sure they aren't breaking any laws, and would want to know when they're about to.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have my qualms with the current copyright system, and I routinely make things available for download in direct violation of such copyright if they are unavailable commercially, provided I feel they are things people can benefit from. But when dealing with a church -- an entity that already enjoys far too many exemptions from legal matters than they fairly deserve -- it seems that holding them to the letter of the law on things they aren't exempt from is not only important, but required. If it comes down to having to either pay for a license, or knowingly break a law, it seems obvious which option they're going to have to pick.
So after finding out how one gets such a license and when it's required, I called the church, only to be met with standoffish opposition from the receptionist who after a 30 second pause claimed to not even know if there was a showing of Wallace and Gromit. Granted, I didn't get a chance to explain that I wasn't speaking on behalf of any legal authority and that I wasn't in position to take any action, just that I wanted to bring the matter to their attention as a concerned citizen so that they can rectify it if need be before I was stonewalled, but still.
Should I try again? Part of the problem is that it's entirely possible that they do have such a license, I just really doubt it. The response I have gotten thus far seems to enforce that idea.
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