Originally Posted by Iphinome
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.
Sure, the author owes something to society. He/she has to pay taxes on any profit. Just as with any kind of work. That is the trade off for granting that "monopoly".