If you were to post lyrics of songs on this message board, that'd be copyright infringement, unless you can add proof that you wrote those lyrics.
But since you're anonymous, Techdirt can't vouch for the legality of the comments, thus would have to put ALL comments in a queue, and have to actively moderate each and every comment, in case someone were to infringe on copyright. All because the MPAA and the RIAA are afraid they might have to do some actual work.
You know, you also count as one of the pageviews that can be used to attract sponsors. If you were to go away and never to return, you'd deliver a massive blow to Techdirt's coffers. It's worth a shot, isn't it? You'd hit them where it really hurts...
I liked how Jon Stewart ripped CNN a new asshole with their speculative reporting: "Yes, we've had reports that they definitely have someone in custody." Meanwhile in reality, nothing of the sort had taken place.
News flash, dear troll, pretty much the rest of the world hates the United States of America. With your obtuse and quite clearly insane Congress.
And since your Congress is supposed to represent 'The People'...
Exactly, him and his ilk prevent us from actually having meaningful discussions on the future of copyright, because they are a high rate of noise. It's almost as if they don't want that discussion.
Whenever we offer suggestions, the shills, the trolls and the ad hominem spouting Anonymous Cowards and Blue come out of the woodwork explaining why it won't work, because it only works in that one instance.
Sure, wiseguys, but you can only reach the future by making single steps.
And not every solution will work for everyone else.
Which is what THEIR industry has shown over the years.
A few big major names, and the rest languishes in obscurity.
And despite their constant moaning and bitching on this forum about copyright (or how Mike refuses to take a stand, which is abjectly false), the artists that actually produce quality content are actually gaining fandom/money/fame/influence, the industries are growing, it's just the middlemen that are feeling the big hurt.
And that's what these copywrong-trolls fear the most. Suddenly they have to work harder to get recognized, because they have to do it themselves. Instead of sitting back and waiting for that cheque to come in the mail.
Rock 'n Roll is eroding our society.
Those hippies and their long hair are eroding our society.
Comic books are eroding our society.
Dungeons and Dragon games are eroding our society.
Movies are eroding our society.
TV is eroding our society.
Violent video games are eroding our society.
If you had said Van Gogh, I'd have agreed with you. But then again, living off just painting is almost impossible even in this day and age. (In his time at least, you didn't have photographs, so if you wanted a portrait, you went to a painter, so it was possible to make a living off painting, if you didn't mind scraping the bottom of the barrel)
But using Shakespeare as your example just made you the laughing stock of the week.