copyright debate

The copyright question (2)

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: copyright debate | Tags: |

(from – This Overland Article)

What are these outstanding questions about copyright? I am obviously confused because I believe in the fundamental right of the artist to ownership of the work. So I don’t see any questions.

Other people may not believe in the fundamental right of the artist to ownership of the work, cool, they can give it away and we can all use it. Where is the question? All I ask is for you to ask me for permission to use the work, like you would ask me to use my mower and I would ask you before I ate your chickens. All you have to do is ask and acknowledge your sources. Because acknowledging your sources preserves the train of thought for future generations, and it is good manners.

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The Copyright Debate

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: copyright debate | Tags: |

Here’s an idea. How about if I pull an RSS feed from “The Australian”, strip all the adverts from it, repost it in my website where people can read it for free and put my own adverts on it? If there’s no copyright, why not?

Or I could pull RSS feeds from every Lit Blog in the country, use an automatic aggregator and have the best lit blog anywhere, stick some adverts on it and keep all the money. No copyright, who is gonna stop me? Oh that’s right, Google, they have systems in place to stop this from happening.

I own my work. That is all there is to it. I put the work in, the thing I made is mine. The things you make are yours. If you use my work, a simple acknowledgment of that fact is all I ask.

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