I Said It, So it Must be True
We should do more of this. When companies make silly overreaching claims about the extent of their copyrights, don't just ignore them. Call them and ask for exceptions. Call WalMart and ask permission to tell your friends about their prices. (WalMart told me I cannot disclose price because that's infringement.) Call Turner Broadcasting and ask permission to fast-forward through the commercials in their shows. (Turner Broadcasting CEO Jamie Kellner claims commercial skipping is illegal.) Call Adobe and ask permission to read their e-book of Alices Adventures in Wonderland to your kid. (One of Adobe's licenses prohibited this.)
Don't call these companies just to bother them. But if you do want an exception to their stated rules, go ahead and call. When confronted with direct questions bullshit answers fail under the light of day.