Under such a idiotic argument, the cost of the new Marvel Avengers movie should be $50, because it costs $220 million vs some other movie that only costs $10 because the budget was $60 million.
Really? Think movie goers would take that? No... the $50 ticket movies would TANK... plus they'd be pirated and distributed because people do not perceive the value to be as much as it is. In laymen's terms... people don't like to be cheated... and they don't like to feel like they're being cheated.
eBooks are the publishers way of cheating customers. They take virtually NO money to convert and virtually no money to distribute. I know... I've published both hardcopy books and eBooks.
I price the eBooks MUCH lower because they don't get anything they can physically hold in their hands AND, it doesn't deplete the stock at all nor cause me to need to do another run of books.
It's just used car salesmen trying to put one over on you... yup... a little ole lady only read this eBook on Sundays...
So typical of the heavy handed policies of so many wannabe tyrants in schools.
Schools need an overall. Throw out tenure. Throw out the unions. They serve no one but themselves.
Let teachers and principles all be judged on MERIT. If I did as poor a job as some teachers, I'd be out of a job. In the school system, it takes an act of God to get rid of a teacher, unless they (God forbid) friend one of their students on Facebook... oh wait, an intelligent Judge threw that out.
"WOW! I wasn't aware that allowing me access to Megaupload to retrieve my family photos would represent infringement. Don't I have copyright over family photos that were taken by me and my family?"
It's all an illusion... no one but Big Media can own a "piece of the action". Everything in the world that has been, is being or will ever be created is their property.
The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can just pay them to take pictures of your family, friends, etc. In fact... any pictures that might be snapped by monkeys handling your camera... they also belong to them.
In an age where Intelligent Judges or Tech-savy Judges are almost an oxymoron, it's good to see we still have some sitting on the bench who can look at things objectively and in the light of technology.
Ok... it was paraphrasing actually... and it's not copyright infringement from The Passion, since it's actually from the Bible... which I believe God left with creative commons license to use as long as you don't modify...
So... if someone claims copyright on the Bible because they changed something... then... well... their creative commons license is revoked... and they are violation of God's copyright...
Personally, I think it's great that Ian and Stephen put on their big boy pants and stepped in to stop a bully.
Sadly, this means that the outrage from this type of extortion bullying will diminish and die away.
As a previous poster pointed out, this Pub has been in existence for over 20 years and somehow, I think they'd be hard pressed to prove that there was ANY affect on book or movie sales.
In fact, quite the opposite.
Plus... copyright is on a single expression of an idea. Somehow... I don't remember there being a BAR in any of Tolkein's books called "The Hobbit". Nor do I remember any drinks called Gandalf, Frodo or Gollum in any Tolkein literature.
As far as using likenesses... last I checked, there were no "publicity" rights in Britian... so if they bought a photo... what exactly would be the law against displaying it? Or, if the licensed a photo of the actors from something like BigStock... the violation is... where?
"Your speeding on the highway doesn't change my life. You are missing the key connections.
What you are missing is that many startups are missing out because they either cannot sell the products for a reasonable price, or cannot extract enough value from their presentation / distribution to make it work out. They cannot do it because they are specifically competing with the same product being given away for free."
I love how people who know nothing and do nothing try to comment about things they know nothing about by reciting Big Media talking points.
I am an author. I sell books. I also sell software/phone apps. I also sell CD's/DVD's.
I have no problem competing against free. In fact, I never both to check to see if my products are pirated... I don't care.
If someone pirates my books, CDs, apps, etc... that person has a much better chance to become a customer of my other products.
And if not, big deal... I'm always creating new streams of revenue.
I DON'T make one thing and then expect to sit back and reap the rewards for the rest of my unnatural life.
None of the great artists throughout history did. Did Mozart stop after his first symphony and expect to live on it for the rest of his life? Bach? Van Gogh? Shakespeare? Mark Twain? Robert Frost?
No, all great artists have one thing in common. They kept creating.
Coincidentally... so do I.
If you make something people find value in, they will buy it. Will some people pirate it? Sure... but either 1) They will become customers because they like it, or 2) They really wouldn't have been customers anyway.
Piracy is the excuse of men with weak wills, weak imaginations, weak drive or all of the above.
And that's from someone who KNOWS... because I DO it. Not because I'm reading some Big Corp's talking points.
There are and always will be opportunities for intelligent, motivated people to make money.
Anyone who tells you differently is selling misery.