Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pirating: 1898

Every reader of The Black Cat and every publisher knows that its stories are copyrighted, and that each number gives due notice of such legal protection. No better evidence of the superior excellence of The Black Cat stories is needed than the fact that the property of no other periodical has been so widely pirated. In their anxiety to publish the cleverest short stories of the day, a number of the foremost papers have repeatedly been led to disregard the Eighth Commandment.
--From The Black Cat--

Is the pirating of intellectual property a major problem of the internet age, or is it only a problem that is easier to see with the use of the internet (because you can google your own copyrighted material)?

5 comments:

chickenlittle said...

Is the pirating of intellectual property a major problem of the internet age, or is it only a problem that is easier to see with the use of the internet (because you can google your own copyrighted material)?

When you say "intellectual property," bear in mind that you embrace (to paraphrase Jefferson) anything under the sun made by man. [1] Intellectual property can seem nebulous (indeed court battles are fought to define it), yet the sort of thing you're talking about here is mainly the sort of IP easily transfered and concealed. Yes there is a huge problem (my current avatar belongs to someone I'm sure).

The crux of the matter is that no owner, inventor, writer, etc. really gives a shit about intellectual property theft unless some sort of buck is being made off of that theft. To be more more specific, the owner etc. only gets upset if his or her ability to profit is undercut (as in generic drugs, or more cheaply priced versions of something). To merely copy someone else is still pretty much considered flattery- but to generate wealth off it is a different story.

Trooper York said...

I have been having an ongoing debate with blake about this. I feel that your comments on various blogs are your "intellectual property" to do with as you will. They don't magically become the property of the blog propreitor just because you posted them on their blog. I mean that is why you can delete them after you post them after all.

Trooper York said...

I really admired Sippican Cottage.

Just sayn'

Jason (the commenter) said...

I have been having an ongoing debate with blake about this. I feel that your comments on various blogs are your "intellectual property" to do with as you will. They don't magically become the property of the blog propreitor just because you posted them on their blog. I mean that is why you can delete them after you post them after all.

Dude, I've been putting your comments on t-shirts and selling them for muchos dineros. How else do you think I can afford this blog?

chickenlittle said...

I feel that your comments on various blogs are your "intellectual property" to do with as you will.

I agree with that.

I really admired Sippican Cottage

I showed up a little too late over at Althouse to appreciate him fully, but plenty of people I admire admire him so I'll take their word for it.

But nowadays, nobody gets to appreciate him in that element. That's too bad, especially since nobody understands why these things happen, or at least I don't.