For once, it seems a reactionary self-important artist is getting exactly what he wants - a growing lack of relevance.
I like Calvin and Hobbes as well, but Mr. Watterson fails to recognize that when art goes out into the world, it becomes part of the larger community, and to attempt to shut that down is to kill the interactions that eventually grow to make a body of work transcendent - the kind of work that bears repeated viewing, and stands the test of time.
I've made two abortive attempts in my life to drive a cab, and it is amazingly corrupt. A handful of people control the licensing, and rent for your cab in Austin, TX for example is $90.00/day or $60.00/12-hour-shift for a car they most likely bought wholesale from a wrecking yard and repaired - hardly the purpose of having these laws that require cabs to be late model cars.
Imagine what nice cars would be cruising around cabbing if not for the monopoly on licenses. $2700.00/month will buy a mighty fine ride.
Re: Re: It's what you get when capitalists control a market...
I'm all about free markets, but "capitalism" presumes capital, itself a construct of governments and corporate entities pretty much from its inception in northern Italy.
Capitalism and Socialism are the same thing, basically. The real problem right now is largely "centralism", but ultimately things break down into good, old fashioned greed on the one hand and apathy on the other.
Neither your insurance company nor your doctor will tell you jack diddly about what processes they use to decide whether or not you will suffer, live, or die. All these patients bills of rights - they just ignore.
Don't even think about any "rights" in the VA, and heaven help everyone when the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act fully takes hold.
I'm sorry, but I am sick and tired of hearing about how important it is to brain drain the rest of the world while refusing to educate citizens of this country.
I am not impressed with the "need" to keep smart people from everywhere else. The countries where these folks come from will benefit from their being there, and America needs to quit treating its citizens like chaff to be burned.
I'm not buying this idea that the doctors are innocent. They work in these institutions, they profit off of it, some of them work in and for the pharma companies. It is all, from top to bottom and side to side, people who are hiding information on how to make people well and then charging through the nose for the privilege of having treatment for pain or impending death.
Talented musicians are a dime a dozen, which you'd know if you hung out around live musicians. Talented musicians that are willing to sell their souls and heath to a system that will profiteer off of them AND their fans in order to become megastars are a rare commodity, and they are every bit as evil as the greedy no goods who use them to get rich in their stead.
I'm so, so, SO incredibly sick and tired of hearing how without copyright people who play pretend, sing, and dance for a living will stop playing pretend, singing and dancing.
Nobody misunderstands your point. The fact that you refuse to acknowledge the distinctions others see as important says everything anyone concerned with truth needs to know about the underpinnings of your argument.
If the truth is not important to your argument, your arguments is weak.
I like your thought process, but don't fool yourself into thinking the battle is essentially won. This goes far deeper than just Hollywood. Centralized control over information and media is the stuff of big politics and businesses that have absolutely nothing to do with entertainment. They want to control what you see to help moderate how quickly you put two and two together in the larger context of human rights, the economy, and everything else important.
Powerful people have a HUGE stake in keeping information under wraps. Using Hollywood to kill technology that tends to undermine secrecy is just one small part of a much larger set of policies.
They will keep trying. They will not be admitting they are wrong...
Everyone already has the "right" (ability) to ATTEMPT to "exploit" their own work, of whatever nature that work might be. The problem with much creative work is that it is not work. It is sitting around thinking.
If you demonstrate that your sitting around thinking is a good thing, people will pay you for it. If not, they won't. Passing laws so that jack booted thugs can break into my house, seize me and my actual, real property, and put me in jail or fine me so that you can "exploit" "your" work is ludicrous.
If you don't want your "work" to proliferate publicly, perform in private and only for people who are willing to sign a contract stating they will not share it.
See how far you get....
This stuff is SO LUDICROUS. Where do you people get this stuff?
The reason it is hard to make money acting, singing, dancing, playing pop music, etc, is that these are things many, many thousands, hundreds of thousands, of people are able and willing to do for free. They are FUN. They are leisure time activities. You don't have a RIGHT to have the government force people to pay you for them.
"Then do without." I do without. I'm just that kind of person. I not only disagree with copyright, its use makes me furious at the people who use it, so I opt out.
It is absolutely 100% dishonest to conflate copyright in any way shape or form with property law. Period.
The reason it is hard to get paid for SOME art is that much of it today is performance art, which leaves no actual commodity to be sold. Perfomance art is captured by technological processes that have absolutely nothing to do with the work the artist is doing.
Performance art is cheap now because we no longer have to be where the artist is to consume it. That means performers need to change, not the whole rest of the planet.
Once upon a time, artists of moderate skill and talent made a living making copies. Now that "skill" is of little benefit. La tee daa.
I am tired of the pretense that people willing to sell their souls to the media tyrants are in desperate need of handouts or else they won't be able to work without a side job (translation - REAL job).
If your ability to communicate and perform is good enough, people WILL pay you. If not, you need to have a side job.