OK, so to break it down in simple terms our government:
1. Does not understand the Internet
2. Is totally in big content's pocket.
Why else would immigration
enforcement being rerouted to enforce copyright that the right's holder themselves should be enforcing? Its up to the RIGHT'S HOLDER to initiate court proceedings. What the hell is wrong with our government today?
Originally Posted by Stillhouse
Not everyone who holds a copyright on something is rich. There are many examples where copyright law has benefited the poor or less fortunate. Take some of the early blues musicians. Often their music was recorded, they were paid a small amount of money and the the person who recorded it then made and sold copies and made much more money than the artist. Since US copyright law applies to the original creation of a piece of music and not the recording of that music, these artists were able to sue those who essentially ripped them off and gain some of the money they would've otherwise never seen.
Except that artists STILL get ripped off. They sign away their rights for pennies on the dollars so that they can hope to get a little promotion from the publisher. Copyright almost never helps "the little guy". That is fine though, b/c copyright isn't meant to protect the poor or anything like that, it is supposed to foster creative works by guaranteeing the author the first chance to profit from those works in exchange for detailing those works to the public.Edited by Mygaffer - 3/14/11 at 12:46am