With improved methods of transportation for raw materials, finished goods, and data the marketplace is growing more global all the time. We are talking about a company that has made profits from a sale although a reduced amount, made a profit nonetheless or they wouldn't have bothered. That product is then repurchased, transported and resold again.
If owning the brand name, being the source, the company can't compete selling identical products in the marketplace against a reselling competitor who is dealing with three price markups of which the money for the entire first sum went to them then they are just doomed to fail anyhow and no amount of government granted monopoly is likely to save them.
The all-too-often confusion between *tools used* as opposed to *actions done* and criminalization of the tools as an attempt to pre-empt the actions, seems to cause a reactive response. Perhaps the inner beliefs of the public at large just isn't pre-empt, prevent, pre-crime, pre-justice.
You come across as somewhat ignorant, to be more informed:
1. Go find out more about the source components used.
2. Check what specific government granted exclusivity licenses are attached to components, the date ranges covered and exemptions.
3. Review an artwork before commenting on it.
4. Optional - Try and do better!
Notice that by writing your comment you have done exactly what she has done, taken existing components and mixed them to form something new. In your case, you composited existing words. Just pointing out that none of us can ever really make something original without some level of copying from others. And if nothing different is done then results will not be different, which is not the case presently discussed because of compositing. Elsewhere there are plenty of discussions about how much change should be required for various categorization of works.
Here is a somewhat relevant quote I like:
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
- Isaac Newton
After noting trends by various Anonymous Coward commenters on TechDirt and occasional others, I have come up with a little quote of my own:
"The most sure-of-themselves art critics, do the critique sight-unseen."
So I keep pointing out that are wrong about me, my work and just about everything else while you just go on repeating the same ignorant insults. I have things to create and you have numbers to crunch. bye.
You are wrong with almost everything you say. As I pointed out before you are as insulting as you are ignorant. Starting right from the beginning you have made so many incorrect assumptions about every artist here including me and my work.
Did you ever read the title of the article: “Why Do The People Who Always Ask Us To 'Respect' Artists Seem To Have So Little Respect For Artists?” Thats you bud! You have done an exemplary job making that point here on TechDirt.
But, hey, it's good to know friends like you are out there with the best interests of artists everywhere in mind. Now I get to make assumptions about you and your work, get back to your spreadsheets, I'm sure you have to show that royalties are not yet due for somebody. Accountants financially shortchange artists more than infringement.
Since elementary school I have considered myself an artist as have others. My status as an artist hasn't been flipped on and off like a light switch as I sold work, been contracted or employed.
FYI – To date I have animated sequences for presentations, video and television, made graphics for web, apps, and programs including games, made some 3d screen-savers, Illustrated a book, did some CD covers, did a few paintings and some sketches, made store displays, and lots of corporate logos, signs, brochures etc. I've also written my share of code, shot stills and video, made the landscape concept drawings for a public park. And yes, some of my work has been "pirated" and some released as public domain, copyleft and open source.
I don't know if my work history makes me a *real artist* in the eyes of a Anonymous Coward on TechDirt, nor do I even care. I currently and usually have made my living from what is commonly called "intellectual property" and was successful but found something I find that has the graphics aspect but is more than just that. So, no I still make my living at it and never failed, just rounded out my own interests, just keep disrespecting the artists why don't you, it's proving the point here .