|The author, Dane F. Baylis|
Talk About Ebook Piracy
What do you say about something like this? As with the music industry, someone decides to challenge the right of the artist to earn a fair return on their work by simply STEALING what they were supposed to pay for or a wunderkind comes up with an idea for a site where they can "share" other people's work without charging for the sharing (all the while knocking down a healthy profit from advertising that flocks to the site that the audience is flocking to without paying fees or royalties). The justification being of course that they purchased the original media that the copies are being made from and somehow that is supposed to translate to a "right" to do with it as they please!
Sorry, but copyright infringement is copyright infringement no matter what color you want to paint it. If your creative enough to be able to mount the site, figure out the marketing, attract an audience, and dream up this legalistic rationalization of why it wasn't your fault but the fault of the artists for not preventing your thievery in the first place, then you should apply just a little more imagination and effort and write frigging crime novels. You'd probably be a New York Times listed author in no time at all. But it's so much more of an adrenaline rush to actually be a criminal, isn't it?
Let's not leave out those who borrow other's work and then cannot begin to imagine how THEIR name ends up on it. Really? Yes it is a big interconnected world and you can probably get away with it, but how lame! Especially when it does get noticed and you find yourself trying on the dumb ass pants in front of the entire world. If your confused as to what constitutes copyright and what doesn't? As I type these words into an electronic medium and they are identified with my name and the date then they are copyrighted from the point of inception. Can it be any simpler?
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Dane F. Baylis