It is in the domain of the artist to decide how they wish for their art to be distributed.
Creative Commons? Sweet!
Public Domain? Awesome!
Patreon required? Good for you!
Some form of distribution involving copy protection? It's still THEIR CHOICE. Don't like it? Don't watch/listen/otherwise consume it.
You cross the line from fan to thief when you decide to take that choice from them.
But yay, anticapitalism, right? Way to stick it to the starving artists.
@theartguy Actually, what keeps your students from being able to make money by creating art is the marginalization of creative labour.
It has nothing to do with people stealing (copies of) art. Your students probably weren't going to make much of a living from art even before digital copying ever happened.
The same forces at work here are the forces that keep teacher salaries at near-poverty level & require Wal-Mart workers to subsist on government programs like food stamps.
@Downes It's not an either or situation. The main difference between the two is that the big company won't be able to tell the difference between one person's theft and a rounding error, but the revenue of the artist that partnered with said company as an inexpensive distribution method? They'll feel it intensely.
Blame it on how we got here if you want, but it doesn't make it hurt the small artists less if you tell them you're hurting the big companies too.
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