It may not be perfect, but copyright is still perhaps the only way we can protect our work:
So in the aftermath of Prince’s death it seems a lot of people went looking for YouTube clips and other free sources to share, and didn’t find them: Prince was aggressive about protecting his copyright and getting paid for his work. At the WaPo, Sonny Bunch criticizes the view that the music should be available free, so what Prince was doing is wrong.
When Scott Lemieux linked approvingly to the article at Lawyers, Guns and Money, he got a lot of comments with a lot of disagreement. None of the counter-arguments were good, and several of them were old. Breaking it down:
•I don’t get paid for work I did twenty years ago, why should writers or musicians?
Because their work is actually earning someone money.
•Yeah, it’s fine if the writer gets copyright, but the heirs are just greedy and grasping to want royalties!
As someone else put…
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