thinking back to the time i posted about the basics of authorship theory and a truckload of people lost their shit at me, completely in disbelief that a published writer might be critical of the concept of authorship

so many struggling artists minds have been destroyed by the parasitical worm of capitalism so that they think copyright is in any way good for them

adopting the mindset of our overlords, feeling the need to defend our "ownership" of stuff that will never earn us even half a living in our lifetimes. we sound like people saying "are you going to break into my house and steal my toothbrush as well"

"but what if somebody writes a story with your characters that does something you dont like" yeah lol i know, and what if people started chopping up bits of other peoples music and using it for their own songs. wouldnt that be crazy. music would be over

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artists defending copyright are literally tenants defending landlords. except the concentration of intellectual property ownership is somehow even worse than housing

the people making money off of copyright aren't artists, they're disney's shareholders

@garfiald yeah, but if I make enough money, I might get to be a Disney shareholder one day.

@garfiald I generally agree with this but also interested in ideas on how an artist can make a living without copyright.

@polychrome in an ideal society everyone gets to live, nobody has to "make a living". In our society, 99.9% of artists already do make a living without copyright. They have a day job, are supported through patronage, and selling their art as a product (visual artists selling originals for example), or as a service (commissions, performances, etc). Intellectual property is capital, the only people who make real money from it are capitalists.

@garfiald in short, in ideal society, everybody is a disney shareholder?

@polychrome @garfiald A lot of the shows I enjoy make their money off live shows and donations. Though I've seen other approaches as well.

@garfiald This so much. Copyright is such a burden to a free culture.... and the comparison to rent is so good.

Of all the things in capitalism which should go after another, rental capitalism is very high on my list.

Patents are probably the biggest fuckup of this whole copyright mess...

@garfiald worse in the sense of more unequal maybe, but not worse in the sense of "immiserates as many people," which I think is more important

I don't disagree with any other part of this, just that phrase bugs me

@garfiald
I see your point, but wouldn't removing copyright (in the current situation) lead to an even higher concentration of intellectual property, because big companies could simply steal successful independent projects, rebrand them as their own and make people forget about the original creator through sheer market dominance?

@Banquo @garfiald sure, no, copyright totally prevents that as things stand now, what with the complete lack of disparity between multibillion-dollar corporations and individual creators in things like ability to afford lawyers and pursue litigation

@alexis
I'm aware that copyright is not very effective at protecting small creators, i'm just not sure if removing it (under the current capitalist system) wouldn't lead to market dominance becoming an even bigger factor in determining who owns creative output.

@garfiald this so fucking much, i have spent the last 6 years of my life working on games. the amount of intellectual property i own related to them is literally zero. and if a large corporation wanted to steal my independent work i wouldnt be able to do jack shit or fuck all about it without money to invest in legal fees. copyright is bullshit and does literally nothing to protect small time artists

@garfiald It's not like an artist can't set up it's own publishing company, if their work creates significant revenue. Many do that, actually. It's not the same overhead with land property or industry, where you'd need a big coop in order to get somewhere.

Also must bear in mind that copyright has an expiration date, even though Disney and many others try to stretch that out for their own "catalog". Literally hundreds of thousands of works go into the public domain every year globlally.

@tagomago Disney and the like don't "try" to stretch out copyright, they have succeeded and continue to succeed. Copyright does not have an expiration date if you're rich enough. Artists whose "work creates significant revenue" are a vanishingly small minority, and when new publishing companies do succeed, more often than not, it is on the back of the exploitation of their writers and other employees. Which is not much good either.

@garfiald Actually, the minority is the copyright elite. Artists could set up either their own publishing companies, or coops to do just that. And copyrighted works expire, believe it or not...
Would you imagine land property, or property in general, expiring out, globally, every year? Well, that's the copyright law. I think both kinds of properties are not so comparable if you think about that.

@tagomago I agree that the comparison breaks down in this respect. Because to think as one piece of intellectual property as equivalent to a house is not accurate. Since those works which expire are overwhelmingly ones with little to no returns. If the IP you own is valuable enough, you can afford to extend it forever. As can be empirically observed. Co-operative publishers are great, I've written for some. But they just can't earn writers enough to live.

@garfiald However, there are lots of books that keep being long sellers more than a hundred years in the public domain, namely Russian or French literature, Shakespeare... oh, the Bible (biggest seller of all times). I believe public domain is in the 1940s now? There's a lot of that in the market.
Not the same with visual art, though, I guess 'cause it's too new, and keeps evolving heavily, so...

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