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- Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:21:01 +0000
Michi Me Yo
Copyright is important because it gives the individual rights to their own creation. Without copyright, the major labels and studios and publishers wouldn't have to negotiate with musicians and artists and singers for new creations. They could just take it and because they have a lot of money, there's very little an individual could do against them. Copyright law needs to be updated to strengthen the public domain, protect innovation and reward creativity, even in the Internet Age.
Copyrighting is a dead and useless tool. It either needs to be revised or not exist since there is no way to really protect it. Certain people and companies fail to realize that we live in the Internet Age. It's not 1955 anymore, it's 2012 and the 1% that hold all the cards fail to realize this.
Why not strengthen individual copyright while limiting corporate? A writer of a book should hold the copyright not the publishing company yet 9 out of 10 times it's the publishing company that will go after individuals. Same applies to music, movies, etc.
I would rather individuals keep their own creative works under their control than handing it over to a corporation. Perhaps a shift like this would be what we need right now.
Plus two of the biggest sources of copyright infringement come from the Middle East and Asia. Until you can control the streets of those areas, this issue will never die.
Both of you make valid points. However, copyrighting is now a remnant of a broken business model. And who's to say that giant labels and corporations don't take it anyway? They tend to scam artists and go for what's best for them (themselves). So is piracy really a problem? Or are out dated and broken business models the problem?
Truth is copyright does very little to protect your work nowadays and even if you did get said protection you will get extreme censorship, sopa was proof of this.
So in the end is it really worth it? Is your creation that much more important than basic human rights? I don't know about you Kilted but I would rather have my born given rights then have to deal with some dumb music file. Besides if we people had the chance to get things more wouldn't that make the world a better place? Modern copyrighting laws in a way surpress societal and scientific advancement, you must know this.
I agree with Michi in some points. Individuals should own what they made. It's fine to own your work but now we are agreeing in keeping this idea of copyrighting, great you own your work now protect it, thousands of people in a single city are pirating your work on the otherside of the globe. How do you fight this? You turn to a larger company since you don't have the means or funds to combat this yourself and now we are back at square one again.