"The European Union should regulate Internet platforms in a way that allows a new generation of European operators to overtake the dominant U.S. players"
Isn't this exactly what free-trade agreements are actually supposed to address and prevent, these kind of stack the deck abuses? Oh but if your too pre-occupied with utilizing them as a tool to pass local legislation you could never pass otherwise by ramming it through as a secretly negotiated treaty and give protectionism to your own buddies companies then what a free trade agreement should be might get left out.
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.