Originally Posted by JohnHileman
Copyright. That is an antiquated, and selfish notion. People will pay for your books if they want you to keep writing. We need not fear free sharing of our hard work. Those who don't pay, help spread the word.
Copyright as it was originally intended is neither selfish nor antiquated. It still protects creators from crooks and big businesses who would use the IP of others to get rich. THAT was the purpose.
A publisher can't just take my book and start selling it, or I can sue them for IP infringement.
But it was never meant to hamper the end user in using it as they see fit. And it was never meant to be for a virtually unending term - which really only is good for corporations, not artists and inventors.
It's the DMCA that took things out of the realm of reality.