I’ve been researching a lot about PRIVACY and INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY lately.
Y’see, it gauls me to see digital versions of my novels being pirated.
No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
I know Techtopians will argue the liberation of information and data must win out.
But if you’re a small fish, making peanuts from your hard work then its degrading to see your produce valued down to zero… the cost of digital sharing.
For consumers, I understand you love getting free stuff.
But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Someone pays, and that person is ME… the small fish who made the book or piece of music you enjoyed.
It’s not the Record Companies you’re jipping, or the big Publishing Houses.
It’s the writers, musicians and creative artists who need to get paid along the way.
A Ray of Sunshine
One sparkly ray of sunshine for me on this subject is seeing that at least some nations are pushing back against the tide.
And it’s not some communist country, or fascist-run banana republic.
Instead, look to Africa, where politicians are standing by their creative citizens and putting in regulation to stem the theft of their citizen’s IP.
In the process, they are protecting their culture’s uniqueness, spreading the money and profits to those truly responsible.
The dystopian in me fears the futurescape is one of centralized command on the Internet – principally under the control of Google – where intellectual property infringements are already bulldozered over [YouTube, Google Books].
The more online companies insist that ‘fair use’ of a book/tune/image means presenting the entire work, the less artistic individuals will be able to make a living from their work.
Once this happens, we can all go get a day job; artistic work will all but dry up.
If content is King, then the King will be dead.