Originally Posted by Wiggin
So two wrongs make a right?
I'm not saying Apple is guilty, but your argument ("because that's the way we've always done it") certainly isn't a legitimate defense. If it was, the mafia and drug lords would love it..."sure I killed him, but that's they way we've always done business so why are you prosecuting me now?"
I would argue that the Agency model is actually "right" though or at least much more right than the Amazon capitalist anal-raping model.
What would be better than both, is a model that puts the actual creator/author in charge but that's way to radical for most folks. The people that actually create things (writers, artist, etc.) are basically persona non grata in our society, especially in modern capitalist economies that favour the businesses (basically the distributors, and sellers of the creators works) over the creators themselves, who get "chump change" most of the time for their efforts.
Apple's iBooks and App stores are close to a model where the creator is in charge, (at least theoretically) but even so, they favour the distributors and larger companies much more than individuals.
Also, copyright law needs to be seriously reformed before the creators to actually be put back in the drivers seat on their own creations and that isn't likely to happen for many years. Currently, even hipsters believe that copyright protections are something that need to be eliminated not strengthened and despite their counter-culture stance on everything else, are constantly whining on about how everything should just be "free to copy by everyone" which is ironically a right-wing argument that posits that the act of creation itself is of no value. The fact that large corporations are in control of the political and legal process to a large degree in most Western economies also argues against any real reform of copyright laws or any protections for the people that actually create all the cool stuff you see in society.
I think it's slowly changing and within a hundred years or so it will happen, but not anytime soon.