swansont Posted December 2, 2007 Share Posted December 2, 2007 But a copy is something that someone else created. I think it's generally accepted that copying is a different skill-set than creation. While there are certainly examples where copying is labor-intensive and requires skill, but in many cases — especially these days — copying is often trivially easy. I don't equate a few mouse clicks with a "creative act" I think that you will find that copying is an intrinsic part of learning and human behavior. Look up mirror neurons. We copy, mimick, and model people's actions, behaviors, emotions, thinking processes, all as part of learning and life in general. It should be no surprise that we want to copy people's discoveries and creations. "Wanting to" does not mean "have a right to" There is no intrinsic right not to be copied. However, our government has decided to temporarily grant exclusive rights to authors and inventors as a way to encourage them to write and invent, and share their work with us. Copyright is more like a contract than a right. No, it's not intrinsic. It stems from a congressional power. As long as congress deems it so, the right exists in the US. It's not though; if they want to have the ability to put records into stores, then they need to sign a deal with a publisher, who forbids this kind of behaviour. We've only seen the smallest and the largest (Radiohead being the obvious example) persuing this method of distribution for a reason. But you're confusing the (IMO flawed) economic system with the underlying right. You don't have to sign a record deal to create music, though at one time you were forced to by the prevailing economic conditions if you wanted to make a good living at it. The publisher is still free to make copies available for free. What is required is convincing them that this will be to their economic benefit. Most have resisted thus far, because they are dinosaurs with brains the size of a walnut. ———— I'm a part-time cartoonist. I come up with an idea and I put it down on paper, which takes some effort and some (quantity is debatable) amount of creative talent. Why don't I have the right to choose who sees it? If I give someone a copy, why can't I have an implicit agreement that they will not pass along another copy, unless I have given them permission? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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