September 06, 2007
- Writers make their living from, duh, selling their writing.
- If someone wants to read their stuff, they should have to pay for it so that the authors will be properly compensated for their effort.
- Illegally uploading someone else's work to your site just to drive up your traffic numbers is immoral and, being redundant here to make a point, illegal.
- If some authors want to allow their works to be given away for free, that is, of course, their right. They don't have to right to inflict that opinion on others.
Now the not-a-pirate-site Scribd often uploads material to which they neither own the copyright nor been given permission to do so. And their response is that they will only response to a legally crafted letter demanding that they remove such material? I'm usually in favor of big brass balls, but not in this case. I consider theft, intellectual or monetary, to be wrong. I never jumped on the music
sharing theft bandwagon because, well, you're benefitting from someone's labor without properly compensating them. It seems like an easy call. But too many people these days think that there is such a thing as a free lunch and that laws don't apply to them. In the immortal words of Kos, Screw Them.
Posted by: Thor Heijk at September 06, 2007 06:58 PM (vp6zA)
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