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Posted on 12/23/2006 5:51:48 PM PST by IncPen
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I disagree with you on your points. I copyright my material so that others may not profit from it. For example, recently a national Sports Magazine ran a picture of mine that I had originally provided to a college. The rights forwarded to the college specifically prohibited that kind of use. As a result, I was able to obtain my usage fee for the magazine's use of the photo. Without formally copyrighting my materials, I would have been SOL.
Use on myspace irritates me, but I know the kids dont know any better. I usually send them a note explaining why I dont want them "stealing" the photos. In most of those cases I simply extend a right to them for use on myspace.
Copyrights are important for those "artists" out here that are trying to make a living. I dont spend my life chasing my work--I'd rather be out shooting. But, when I see it being used without the proper permissions, the formal paper from the government gives me significant protection. Without that step (the formal registration) I would only be able to stir up the pot and hope to get paid.
That is the typical use. Do note that copyright is not a natural right. It is a government-granted temporary monopoly.
Copyrights are important for those "artists" out here that are trying to make a living.
Granted, but that's not the primary purpose of copyright. It's the motivator. The primary purpose is to advance the arts and sciences.
The problem is that the secondary purpose has been stretched and distorted so much that it's occluded the primary purpose. As such, many people just ignore it.
This will continue to be a problem as long as copyrights are extended into infinity.