The Question (ID Number 510)...
your work and making them available for free a la Napster.
...and the response:The popular idea that creative work is just more "information" that
should be freely available to all is mortally short-sighted. If musicians'
work simply becomes public property once it's recorded, then musicians will
just stop recording it. If film-makers' work simply becomes public property
once it's released, then where will they get the money to make films? If my
work simply becomes public property once it's published, then how will I
sustain myself in order to go on writing? Many people just don't seem to
realize that (in the real-world economy) musical recordings, films, and
books are products, and products that people don't BUY just don't get MADE.
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