Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I think these kinds of statements about copyright are asinine and basically just a mouthing of what the media corporations want you to believe.
I absolutely hate
Google and try to avoid all their lousy products, but ...
"what they tried to do with books before they were stopped." ...
would have been a great boon
to the human race and the only one really hurt would be the media corporations. The actual creators of the works are pretty much out of the loop in both scenarios (Google's way or the Media Corp.'s way).
Modern copyright law has basically *nothing* to do with protecting the rights of the creators. It focusses almost entirely on the rights of media distribution companies. It's pretty much the opposite
of what would be good for the consumers or
the creators. It protects the middle men, the hucksters, and the hoarders of other people's IP.
What if you were in business as a publishing house (or any media provider) and had paid the creator millions of dollars in advance to underwrite the creation -- then later millions of dollars more for sole publishing and distribution rights...
Then some pirate comes along with a scanner and a website -- republishes it free (but gets lots of ad income).
How is that a boon to anyone... How many people could afford to write (be creative) if there was no one to pay them to do so?
Who would pay money for something that others will rip off (causing loss of the investment)?
What you propose would result in only content that is created:
-- by dilettantes
-- by people to further an agenda (fame, political office, etc.)
Even Michelangelo, Leonardo, Gutenberg, Bell, Edison, Ford, James Patterson, Michael Sparks, Bill O'Reilley... deserve to get paid for their creativity.
How much of a loss would it have been to the human race never to have had the Sistine Chapel, the Pieta, the Mona Lisa, the printing press, the voice recorder, the Model T....
We support the creatives by buying their content
-- not by paying someone
(looking at ads provided by someone) who steals their content