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Libertarians Must Stand Together on Copyright

My friends - many of us here are diehard, passionate lovers of the internet. Obviously, as Dr. Paul and C4L have been pushing on issues of internet freedom, we have supported them, and I'm among that group - I don't want to see unnecessary government regulation, and I want my privacy respected online (which, mostly likely, it currently is not).
I'd like to invite any artists, musicians, journalists, or other creative types here to check out the link below, however. There is one aspect that Dr. Paul is missing on this issue - the critical importance of preserving copyright in the current era and going forward. I am a professional musician and aspiring professional songwriter; this issue has become of great importance to me personally, as I have learned just what a genuine crisis content creators are truly in because of piracy and (generally speaking) the "free culture" movement.
I met Dr. Paul here in Arizona. I am a passionate member of the liberty movement. But I do think many libertarians are wrong (the ones I have spoken with), when they A) Believe in market-based capitalism and principles, but B) believe all music, journalism, artistic work, and similar creative content should be "free", no matter how much time, money, or talent went into them. This is an enormous contradiction, and many do not understand just how far the rabbit hole goes. Please check out the site below - check out the main article on the homepage and go from there. We need to get an *informed* debate going on this issue among ourselves, to promote our overall cause more effectively in 2016 and to better relate our core beliefs.
http://thetrichordist.com/




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information should be free

pay to use other people's work, which includes paying for programs or samples. originally art was not owned and wasnt signed by the artist

but i'm not paying for a program just to learn

So, you believe

a particular pattern of notes, letters, and brush strokes should be against the law to recreate?

Love thy enemy.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Copyright has been perverted

It was originally for a "limited time", so that ideas would fill the public domain and we would have a rich base of stories and other art to add to. However, the Mouse is extending copyright by 20 years for every 18 years that pass. No works created after 1923 can be published at Project Gutenberg.

This is very similar to tragedy of the commons, but somewhat in reverse - the commons aren't being trampled, instead they are being cordoned off.

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You are referring to Disney

when you refer to "the Mouse"?

Also, how have I not heard of Project Gutenberg? It is fascinating.

Love thy enemy.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Yes, Disney

For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Term_Extension_Act

You're welcome for Project Gutenberg, I've read a lot of stuff from there over the years -- Einstein's theory of relativity; Mark Twain's works; a book on building with cob, clay, and chalk (itself, fascinating -- all the materials for building are present in the ground!); Machiavelli's works (there's more than just "The Prince"); and many others. Enjoy!

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