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Old 05-17-2010, 05:26 PM   #26
Steven Lyle Jordan
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I think it's rather obnoxious to compare copywrite infringement to people getting shot and possible killed.
True... so we'll stop right there.

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People must make a living, fine. Find another way to do it...
Actually, we don't even have to be talking about a living... though there's no reason why a good writer shouldn't be able to do that, if their work is popular and in high enough demand.

On the other hand, the fact that the internet as-is is difficult to profit from does not make it right to steal from an author who asks to be paid for his work, whether it's a large or small amount of money. That's the real issue here... not the potential size of the income.

In the same way that you have a right to wages from your employer, and a store owner has a right to payment for his goods, an author has a right to be paid what they ask for (or to have their product go unsold until they find a price the market will bear). Those scenarios require contracts or security to make them work. We're just talking about a new scenario, that requires its own protections to work.

Personally, I have serious doubts that I could go online, tell the world "Pay me now for the book I'll give you in 9 months," and expect to see more than a few pennies for it. As business models go, that one would be a bomb. There may be other methods, but few can compete with the good old-fashioned time-honored tradition of paying for a product when you obtain it.
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