It’s more like stealing my time and creative effort.
Marcos_El_Malo
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Yeah. This is getting to the heart of what I am talking about Marcos.

HOW are they ‘stealing’ your time here?

They are using small portions of the content you (presumably?) produced, well within ‘fair use’, then adding value to it, and then providing the, correctly attributed, value-added output for free. This seems to me to be perfectly fine.

You, presumably, still have access to your content. You can still enjoy it. Copy it. Sell it (if you can find anyone prepared to buy it of course).

The fact that Google is able to also sell other products of their time and creative efforts does not seem to have any bearing on this issue. It’s certainly not hypocrisy though. In fact, one of the reasons Google has done so well is arguably precisely because they adapt their business model as the technology changes.

Your time is your own to spend as you see fit. However, it is still not clear to me why I should be responsible for covering the costs (through the proportion of my taxes set aside for our legal infrastructure) associated with providing protections to protect the ‘rights’ of content owners whose business model is clearly outdated, the burden of enforcing such protections so onerous — with the only benefits apparently to protect and incentivise content creators motivated by money no less - and that these protections have historically NOT been provided to other similarly outdated professions, as already mentioned.

As I said, I am not sure about this still. But I have so far found the answers to these questions to be unconvincing. And the evidence from crowd-sourcing and the business model adopted by large numbers of people through Patreon points to a different way forward where the content is created because it is good to create content and is monetised through the strict application of supply and demand of co-operating, rational consumers.

A business model that facilitates content sharing not one that actively criminalises it. Surely this is a healthier approach? And cheaper for society at large to oversee.

Personally, I’ve always been a MASSIVE fan of hyperboleandahalf’s Copyright Monster™. It’s the perfect approach.

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