is it doing more harm than good?
So this discussion is bound to be more interesting than the love-fests we've had recently here in discussion land.
First off, a premise: Copyright should
primarily exist to promote the progress of art and science. You're welcome to disagree, but I'll probably think you foolish, or greedy, or both. Also, if you consider yourself American, I might think you ignorant of your heritage:
QUOTE (U.S. Constitution)
[Congress is granted the power ]To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
I argue copyright is no longer fulfilling its purpose and is in fact detrimental to progress, as well as to the consumer in general. For scientific progress, Scientific Journals own the copyright on articles published in them, and high subscription fees must be paid in order to access these articles which are needed for peer review by other scientists. Doctors are seeing pharmaceutical companies trying to patent medical knowledge[example article
]. For art, very few things enter the public domain now. Scanned copies of older works are considered copyrighted even if the work itself is in the public domain[example article
]. And for consumers, they no longer own what they buy. If you buy an ebook on the Kindle, it can be deleted without warning because you have not bought a book but the license to read a book on the Kindle for some unspecified amount of time[example article
]. With the DCMA this has been extended to physical objects as well. You don't own your Wii/PS3/XBox360, you are merely licensed it and modifications to it are illegal[example article
Not to mention the reverse lottery filesharing lawsuits by the RIAA, and infestation of DRM and rootkits in games that are harming the honest consumer and prevent resale of your "license".
Do you think copyright is worth it?
QUOTE (Flayra @ Mar 28 2007, 09:21 PM) »
It's not an easy balance to achieve, but we do want to make a game that will be both the best competitive game since Starcraft and also one that many people can enjoy casually without being in a clan or an experienced or knowledgeable NS player. That's the goal at least!
- NS in game name - tilde - My Steam Id Page