I'm betting that 99% of the people who make statements like this don't actually create anything for a living.
More importantly, there's a question I've been meaning to ask for quite a while now: who owns the copyright on content MetaFilter (and related subsites), and why isn't MetaFilter's copyright policy clearly enunciated in the FAQ?
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The "Period" is the problem with this attitude. It's obviously a hotly debated topic here, very intelligent people make good cases for both points of view. So, no period. We bring it up, we are getting lots and lots of words out of it.
I think minds are changing, but not necessarily because of discussions like this one, just going with the flow of the zeitgeist. It does seem over time that the "content creators have no right to be paid" crowd is growing, which depresses me.
sense of entitlement
those other things you name that you feel entitled to? ... require some effort on our part in their defence
Except that the latter is much more easily defendable, even in a practical sense: you don't want to compensate me for "sharing" my creative output?
Alright, stuff creativity, I'll become an insurance salesman instead.
Good morning. When most Americans refer to "The Law," they refer to article 17 USC, the federal copyright statutes. Therefore, to address an earlier statement that "The Law" unequivocally distinguishes between civil infringement (of ideas) and criminal theft (of Real property) let me cite the relevant portion, which is 17 USC ch. 5, S. 506, that criminalizes many forms of infringement for commercial gain. It doesn't use the word "theft," as it is still "infringement." but you can go to jail for pirating certain kinds of content either for personal gain or in a manner that directly causes sufficient economic loss ($1000, I believe) to the creator of unreleased content, or that involves a sufficient quantity of specific infringements. Intent to profit from infringement is required, and not always easy to prove. But you bet you can go to jail and the theory under which that might happen is that you are stealing from someone else with monetary consequences for them.
Funny how sexual harassment and fair use are approached from opposite perspectives here by many, isn't it?
I don't really see how we could expect the discussion to go well when the second article in the FPP is basically a hate-rant that blatantly and viciously misrepresents the content of the first, on an issue that's already contentious anyway.
That rant is a good illustration why we can't have a coherent discussion about copyright, piracy and internet distribution. He's too blinded by hate and anger to even take in what other people are saying. It's kind of disturbing that this guy actually teaches classes on the economics of the music industry, but depressingly, it's not very surprising.
All of the the things you mention had to be fought for on one level or another, often with blood shed, lives lost, permanent scars. Demanding your rightful share of something when someone has died/bled for that right, and being ignorant (often smugly) of that dying/bleeding -- I believe that's why folks get all wound up about entitlement.
When we complain about what words mean, we don't actually debate the subject at hand.
delmoi, you are either in the wrong thread or you have not read our many requests to not make this thread into a rehash of the other one.
"I buy used books.
I listen to the radio and leave the room or mute it during ads.
I borrow books from friends.
I block ads on web pages.
I watch DVDs at friends' houses.
I skip, mute, or fast-forward the ads during recorded TV.
I vote for congressmen who strip artists of their copyrights after a certain number of years.
I listen to Spotify, which does not compensate musicians enough to sustain a career.
I sign up for internet deals using false data that prevents them from sending me the emailed advertisements that presumably allow those internet deals.
When I see ads in magazines and newspapers, I intentionally ignore them; when I hear them in the grocery store, I tune them out.
I have traded mix tapes and mix CDs with friends, and even copied whole CDs.
I have used my own binoculars at national parks instead of the 25-cent machines."
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