n Without Prejudice - Literal extortion : intellectual property
|Article Title||Literal extortion : intellectual property|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Sep 2014|
|Pages||12 - 14|
The verb "extort" means "obtain (money, a promise, a concession, etc.) from a reluctant person by threat, force, importunity, etc." The noun form, "extortion", means "the act or an act of extorting money etc." (The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Clarendon Press, 1993). Requiring someone to pay copyright royalties for a manner of use of a literary work, when none are due in law, amounts to literal extortion. It is not a salutary practice.
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