Originally Posted by Iphinome
What would be the incentive to create a second thing when the first is bringing in money forever.
Human nature. More products selling simultaneously=more money coming in.
The proof's in the pudding on that, look how many books uber successful authors like Grisham and King crap out when they haven't had to worry about money for ages.
We live in a capitalistic world (with a few communist/socialist countries still in denial) where everyone tries to maximize profit.
And how can a copyright that lasts longer than a person can be reasonably expected to live ever be considered a limited time?
Hey, I said I support death plus maybe 10-15 years. I think a fixed term is silly--just saying I could accept it if it was long enough.
The bottom line for me is I can't accept any system where a content creator can see other people making money off their work during their lifetime without them getting their royalties.
There's no right to profit (getting to your quote from earlier) as there's no guarantee a product will sale. But there should be a right not to see other's make money off your creation during your lifetime without you getting a cut.
Unless they give permission of course. People are free to give their content away, to grant rights to people to use it without being paid etc.