My vision is limited. An Ebook's text can be enlarged to a point that I can read it with comfort. A physical book is stuck with whatever font size the publisher decided to use in the first place.
I poked around the other day and found an Ebook of an old childhood favorite, that I didn't have a "real" copy of and sat down with my grandson. Guess what. He leaned into me and the computer and listened as I read that old favorite.
The problem with forgetting the public in all of this is that, at least in the US the part of the whole bargain where we benefit from the agreement has been left out.
I'm a musician. If I want to record out of copyright music, and I do sometimes I have to figure out if a song is still copyrighted, which is a not trivial exercise and even if I do record music that is out of copyright it is extremely likely that a corporation will claim that it is still there's even when it's not.
Another problem is that, in general, corporations don't die. People do. Even when a corporation dies it's intellectual property is generally sold to another so it's still copyrighted and nothing is going into the public domain.
One more time, even though the corporations aren't really listening. NOTHING
Part of the bargain to allow creators copyright is being violated.
It's not a problem with creators not being compensated. It's a problem of the fact, one more time, it's a fact, that the bargain has been violated by the corporations.
The corporations have NO natural right to perpetual copyright but with their lobbyists and bribes to legislators they have removed the public benefit and with our new global society they are trying to remove that benefit to the entire world.
I know you won't but you corporate apologists should hang your heads in shame but this is your job so you will continue to be corporate lackeys.
I can't help it.
I've been a musician for 40 years, never had or even wanted a "hit".
I've had a lot of fun though and I figure that anyone that has made any money at all is pretty lucky.
Just think in 30 years she can join a reunion tour and be nostalgic with a bunch of other one hit wonders.
First, within days of this being implemented someone would publish an exploit to take advantage of this.
Second someone would make use of it to distribute some porn or malware and then it would make the old routers unstable.
It seems to me that if the family wants to have a little control over what is going to happen in the movie and wet their beak a little they ought to cooperate with the movie makers, but no that would be too easy.
Actually I heard about the whole SOPA, PIPA, ACTA thing here on Techdirt first and then people, people who aren't even pirates or techies started sharing it on Facebook.
I saw articles on CNet and such too and these are definitely not Google properties.
Of course we all know that everybody here but you is a pirate, or at least you keep accusing us of it.
I know that I'm supposed to be excited about the uh the games in London, don't use the O word, might get sued, however in spite of TV and such trying to increase the suspense/excitement I frankly don't give a Damn.
I can't help to think that when we are supposedly in the process of shrinking the budget that now is not the proper time to establish a brand new department that will certainly cost millions if not billions of dollars.
Of course they will probably just take the money from something like the Education Department or EPA that they don't like and the public does rather than actually raise the money.
It's just a stupid idea all around.
As a musician for 40 some years I've been saying that we are lucky to have this job to professional musicians.
Lots of others would like to make a living this way and don't get an opportunity to do so.
We get paid to play. It's as simple as that.
For the past couple of generations some people that weren't performers got lucky to be paid to promote us on recordings but it seems that that is over. This is a good thing.
Now we can make music for our community again and darned if our community isn't the whole world.
How cool is that?