Originally Posted by dmaul1114
But in my view the author doesn't owe society shit. They created a product to sell, people either pay to enjoy it or they don't. And once they die society can have the product to do whatever they want with--assuming the creator didn't wave their rights to it sooner.
And if that is the case then society doesn't owe the author anything. There's no natural right to prevent copying or profit. If nothing is owed in exchange for the monopoly then the monopoly is not owed to the author.