When you start questioning the copyright monopoly, many middlemen and other has-beens start acting offended — as if you have somehow questioned a natural birthright. Nothing is farther from the truth.
The copyright monopoly is not a natural right. It is a government-sanctioned private monopoly, granted under the assumption that no culture would get created if there’s not a profit motive behind it, and that this profit motive can only be realised in a monopolised setting.
Yet, when you question this assumption and this monopoly, some people react with unmitigated angry and fury — as though you have questioned their very right to life. This is puzzling, and it indicates a lack of understanding of what the monopoly is and why it exists.
(People who like liberal capitalism should baulk at
government-sanctioned monopoly. People who lean towards labour values should baulk at
private monopoly. Still, it’s factually true) — via redwolf.newsvine.com