Copyright is a government sanctioned monopoly, not a natural right.

There are very good arguments, both for and against copyright. Our founders thought that such rights were vital to encourage innovation and creative exploration.

I personally am of the opinion that some sort of limited copyright is reasonable. A brief period of copyright probably is beneficial to society, though, I think I could be convinced otherwise.

One thing I am absolutely sure of,however, is that our current system of copyright is terrible. Years ago Disney Corp pushed through the “life of the creator and then 70 years” provision we now live under. Mickey Mouse was about to enter the public domain and Disney couldn’t have that.

Copyright, as it is constructed right now in the United States, does not encourage innovation, it stifles it. American copyright was recently called (accurately) by the wonks at the House Republican Study Committee a “symptom of the expansion in the size and scope of government.”

After the report was published, and the entertainment industry reportedly blew a fuse, the report was redacted. In less than 24 hours.

In an economy which is increasingly dynamic—one which is driven by the prosumer—bloggers, musicians, online novelists, new school movie makers, “life of the creator plus 70 years” is just a terrible idea—for most people. For Disney and Warner Brothers it’s a great gift from the government.

(From TorrentFreak.com)

The copyright monopoly is not a natural right. It is a government-sanctioned private monopoly, granted under the assumption that no culture would get created if there’s not a profit motive behind it, and that this profit motive can only be realized in a monopolized setting.

Yet, when you question this assumption and this monopoly, some people react with unmitigated angry and fury – as though you have questioned their very right to life. This is puzzling, and it indicates a lack of understanding of what the monopoly is and why it exists.

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24 comments
N Cols Mccp
N Cols Mccp

btw -- There were no copyright protections in the good ole USSR.

N Cols Mccp
N Cols Mccp

It would be a huge mistake to remove copyright laws. It is NOT cronyism, it is the right of a person to the fruits of his labor and his own ideas. You all need to think though how incentives in to invent and compose (literature, music, etc) if this protection were removed. This protection is a component of The Constitution, Article 1 Section 8.

Alex Neveaux
Alex Neveaux

What new, reasonable standard would you propose? Or what change would you want to see? Doing away with these protections would be a huge mistake.. how would it not discourage people from creating/inventing products/works? They would no longer be assured protections and the right to financially benefit from their creation. I guess I would agree this creates a quasi-monopoly for the specific product/work, but there is still competition within an industry. Like Mickey Mouse.. yes only Disney can authorize the mouses use, but the mouse competes with a bunch of other characters within the cartoon entertainment industry.. like Bugs Bunny or Pokemon or Archer. Its not a true monopoly and its not for an essential good/service like transportation or utilities.

Rick Hohensee
Rick Hohensee

Copyright is civilization. Find another issue.

Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens

sad thing is, it wont stop anyone in another nation from doing what they want if that nation doesnt respect the copywrite. its stupid. these things need to end eventually. If there are still viable will prefer the authentic source.

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty

I think some of Europe's copyright laws are better than our copyright laws; however, we do need standards.

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

1998 ok, last copyright I got is from 1994, so they made changes to the law, but I don't think it is unreasonable, gives time to protect the work before it becomes public domain

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

I don't think it is unreasonable, it protects the family of the Author who may receive royalty rights before it becomes public domain, imo

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

Life and 50 years where do you get 70 from????

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

And why don't you even try to know what you are talking about, copyrights are given by the Library of Congress, and who started that, our forefathers???? Wrong, Benjamin Franklin started it, and he is singular, not pluralized

Against Crony Capitalism
Against Crony Capitalism

What's the problem. I am a writer. I've produced and written music. Copyright- life +70 years is asinine.

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

It's right there, on the very bottom of the page!!!!

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

Yeah, and scroll down to the copyright disclaimer of this article by the author, what a fricken hypocrite!!!!! this really put me in a bad mood!!!!

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

And what if your entire living depended on your art???? No protection for that????

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

And you can't just single out Copyrights, there are also International Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents. We need these to protect one's intellectual property.

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

How would you feel if you wrote something and someone else steals it and takes credit for it????

Angelo Rossi
Angelo Rossi

BS, I have multiple copyrights and not for profit, it protects my intellectual property from greedy thieves