Originally Posted by Sparrow
As a consumer, rather than a creator, I'm in favour of any proposal to sort out the current, discredited, copyright system; and the suggestions Ralph makes are valuable additions to the debate.
I just wonder though, what's in it for the creator?
Making them pay for what they currently get for free doesn't seem much of a sweetener - maybe give the author the first five years free
The proposals address the consumer's biggest bugbear, imho, which is that copyright is ridiculously restrictive (death + 70 !!).
But the creator's biggest bugbear - copyright enforcement - isn't really addressed. How would these proposals affect piracy? And if they don't, what's in them for the creators?
I would say though, that the present stupid arrangements virtually justify piracy - replacing them with something sensible (e.g. Ralph's ideas) would help reinstate respect for copyright, thereby negating many peoples' justifications for flouting it.
Sensible ideas, they may be; However I doubt that anything
would negate, in certain individuals, the justification for attempting to flout copyright terms.
Even if the cost was as little as 1 penny/cent/centime/1billion zimbabwean dollar, there will always be someone determined to circumvent the paying.
For some there appears to be the perception that if they can beat the system they will.