My composer friend makes money ...It's amazing.
Copyright is working great for my brother.... His last book did quite well.
My cameraman buddy ... produce products that are highly valuable and highly sought after.
Seems your family and friends are far more talented and successful than you are!
Copyright is working great for my brother. He's got a nice advance on his new book that he uses to pay his bills and feed his family, and more money will be coming along soon now that the book is published.
He needs to look at his contract carefully to see if that last bit is ever likely to happen...
So ask yourself, when was the last time a software exceeded your expectations?
Lotus Improv - 1993
Still conceptually ahead of current spreadsheets 20 years on - and I still prefer to use it whenever I can.
Also it is the living-dead proof that the capitalism-copyright combination doesn't deliver what it is supposed to. Since Improv is now locked (effectively forever) in IBM's vault of things that it can't release to open source (even though it might want to) because of conflicting rights.
That is the normal rule for industrial employee inventions.
That is part of the rule written in a typical contract, however the true situation is typically much more complex.
Two scenarios exist:
1. The work is done as part of a project set up by the employer with pre-defined expectations in respect of patent rights. The will have been spelled out in advance - and the decision about whether to patent will have been made before the invention. If that had been the case then CERN would have patented it regardless of TBL's opinion.
2. The work is an independent initiative by an employee whose contract gives some freedom to work on whatever he thinks will be useful. The decision to patent then belongs to the inventor (because only he is aware that something patentable exists). Typically in those cases, although the organisation would own the patent by default, they would usually make some agreement to pay royalties and/or give some control to the inventor.
I believe that the WWW fell under category 2. Hence, although TBL would not have owned the patent the decision would have been his and he would have benefitted from any royalties.
Although there were other magnetic tape cartridge systems, Philips' Compact Cassette became dominant as a result of Philips' decision in the face of pressure from Sony to license the format free of charge.
Capitalism is not really a system so much as the lack of a system.
It amounts to the statement that - left to their own devices - on average the mass of positive thinking and energetic people will tend to do useful things.
The motivation is not money, in fact attempts to engineer a financial incentive into the system (such as copyright, patents and "performance related pay") usually backfire.
Of course without a system there is no guarantee that all the necessary bases wil be covered - which is why you have to have public provision for security, law and order and (in sensible places) health, education water and sewerage infrastucture, power, roads and public transport