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Old 06-02-2008, 11:22 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
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.
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