We don't actually have "free trade". If we did doctors licensed in India or Somolia could practice in any country without having to be recertified. I have not noticed that happening.
May be we have been looking at everything from the wrong angle. All these years we have thought the anti piracy laws were to stop counterfeiting for the benefit of Hollywood. Maybe the government has been using this as an excuse to bend the rules of law to their advantage.
I bought the first book(hard copy) of a series for my grandaughter. She loved it. I tried to buy the second book from B&N. It was out of stock, but they would order it. I could have it in 3 weeks. Amazon could get it to me in 3 to 5 days and it was cheaper. Where would you have purchased it?
"They" aren't everywhere as your comment indicates "They" no longer in the closet. You could try spending time in there.
Copyright Bars, Copyright Districts
Assuming a law is needed, any law will initially cause an increase in crime because it is making a behavior criminal which was previously not criminal. Once that barrier is passed it would be enforcement of the law that mattered.
You are not going to find a way forward if you say the way forward is more value for "me". The internet does produce more value. It is spread around to a greater number of people so it looks smaller but in aggregate it is greater than what we had.
And in the 1980's the system was changed to allow procedures and business idea's to be patented pretty much doing away with the necessity to come up with a working model. That and the fact that most of the people vetting patents are no longer highly informed in the field means we have a broken system. Go back to patenting physical objects that you create only and the system would be acceptable again.
I believe the Authors' Guild view on libraries is that the author should be paid each time a book is checked out. So far they have not asked for money each time it is read.
If you actually create something, no it does not. Since generally most copyrighted works are building off what others in society have created the attempt to lock up all materials used for your creation is like builders trying to patent wood used in buildings.
Bob,Please do better.
That aside lets look at your argument.
Food companies: You are allowed to make copies it is called gardening and except in the case of Monsanto they only charge you for the bandwith(seeds). Under the current situation on the internet you could not grow the food because they did oranges first.
Maxim and Playboy. Women are asking you to do better. If you manage to you won't need the magazines.
Cancer: I was unaware that people dying showed approval of the job disease was doing. Perhaps you have misinterpreted this and it is a disapproval of life?
You can write Bobbi Smith and ask him to do better. Unfortunatly, you can't force him to. Yes people produce things and want to get paid. They cannot force people to pay what they want or say what it is worth to the consumer.
If you cannot set the price you are stuck accepting what the person says your product is worth to him or her. Which may be nothing, the cost of disk space and download time or cash. Its different then what was, but hey that's life. Feel free to ask life to do better.
Unless the government gets all the search engines to go along there will be no agreement. Having uncensored search results is too much of a competitive advantage. If all the existing engines go along then it is easy enough to start up a new company.
I beg to differ. For my first piece of evidence I offer the governors of Illinois.
You always have the option of not owning something. When the point of the company is, in fact to sell you that something, it seems pretty stupid to not sell it to me when I want to buy it. Particularily, when you have a limited window were I will want to spend my money on the product.
No, newer diplomas will have an expiration date similar to drivers licenses. Every 5 years you will have to come and take refresher courses for around $5000. Unless, of course, you are a member of the silver level alumnis($1500/yr)then you will be auto renewed. Plus your son or daughter will get a special admissions review.
Even if legal briefs were covered under copyright, shouldn't the copyright be the name of the client? After all the client is paying the lawyer to compose the document.
Please define professional. Is it how much money you make? How many songs you write? How much time you spend at it?
Are there judges? If I like the Beatles and someone elses does not does that mean they are less professional?
Do professional musicians get ID cards?
Does that mean what they did doesn't count as music?
Maybe the RIAA borrowed this from newspapers' idea that you can only be a reporter if you are paid by a mainstream news organization
If science is based on open information, I don't see why these publishers get to use publically financed infromation for their own profit. There should alway be one copy filed on a website for public use.