Agent of Chaos
It's very well written. But you didn't address the issue of what happens to authors who get ripped off. Authors can't make up the loss by giving concerts, like some band. Authors haven't got banks of lawyers on retainer (neither do the little publishers, as you point out, like SI). RE asking sites nicely not to offer stolen material, I can give you one example from my own experience. This was not a torrent site but a would-be merchant. The merchant had taken three extensive pages I had written about the kyphi I researched, make by hand, and sell. No one else makes this the way I do, so you would think my writing on that score would not help anyone. But she used my text to sell some bogus bullshit imitation. She did not respond to my repeated business-like requests to remove my copyrighted material. Her webhost was an clueless reseller located in some storage unit in Florida and didn't respond to my requests either. She had the balls to put her own copyright symbol on my writing, although she had not added one word or changed anything, not even the fonts. Her bogus kyphi page was ranking just below my pages on kyphi in Google. Customers would see them and ask me if she was reselling my kyphi or what. If I left the page there, not only would customers continue to be misled, but her site could, through various means, end up outranking my site for that keyword--by using my content. About two months ago, I got sick of the bullshit and did a DMCA to Google. Google removed her from their search results within two days. I am sure she is crying about how mean I am and how I don't want to "share" (I have heard this particular accusation often from thieves). I would like to know exactly how the DMCA is evil in that situation, which is the situation that most content creators are faced with. I've corresponded with Electronic Frontiers about this issue, and all they gave me was a canned response about how the DMCA is evil. Should I have just sued her for violating my copyright and collected statutory damages, including legal expenses, which I could have done, given that my site's copyright is actually registered with the US government copyright office? I gave this individual and every single other webmaster I have encountered who has stolen my content the opportunity to simply remove it with no penalty to them. Sometimes they do. But far more often, they don't, and they respond only to threats or direct contact with their webhost. I would like to hear how pro-theft folks would handle that situation if it were them.
@Harold: For some reason, your comments aren't showing up except in my email. Can you drop me a line at email@example.com, and I'll explain some shizzle. I'll do so here if the comment ever appears in all likelihood, too.
@ Faust, check the "Spam" section of your incoming comments. For some reason Harold's are going into the spam dumpster here on Blogspot.
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