Specifically, I watched a talk by Larry Lessig on copyright... and this reminded me of a post where I made an ass of myself a few weeks ago. I also read another article (very long) at CDM about copy-protection on virtual instruments. I found myself getting sucked into reading the comments on these two CDM posts... something I very, very rarely do. (My experience with comments has been one of flamewars (resulting from appropriate bait), back-patting, and generally lame opinions from extremists).
I thoguht I would make my stance clear in a post, here, in two quick points and a pre-emptive defense:
- I think copyright laws stiffle creativity, and that copyright lawsuits are harmful in all but the most extreme cases.
- I think copy-protection on software is profoundly lame. I believe the solution is dual-pricing, where a nominal fee ($20-$50) is charged for (download-only) non-commercial users and a higher fee ($200 and up) is charged for commercial use.
- Yes, I own the software that I use. (Despite the fact that I release my music for free and have never earned a penny for it.)
- Yes, I have stolen software. ...It so happens that I'm not using any now, but I will admit that I have in the past, and may do it in the future.
- Yes, I will buy the software once I deem it's a tool I will consistently use. Like I said, I own everything I use now.
- I am a software developer. Yes, I know what goes into development.
- No, I am not a commercial software developer, my I suppose my paycheck doesn't come directly from software sales, so I can't speak to that.
- No, if someone used my music in a commercial way (even a complete rip-off), I would not sue them. Unless they attempt to tell me that I cannot freely release the originals anymore, because that's ridiculous. I release my music cc-by, only because they removed the non-by option from cc. I don't care if I'm credited, as long as I am allowed to (truthfully) say I wrote it. I don't release it non-derivs, I don't release it non-commercial. In fact, I think both options are lame lame lame lame lame. They violate the whole spirit of cc, and I cannot respect that. cc-by I kinda get, just because some people really need acknowlegement. So be it.
- Yes, that is a promise, and yes, you can call me on it if I ever violate that.
- Yes, I would buy tons more software if they would follow the dual-pricing scheme. Zebra and Z3ta+ and Albino3 and MMV and Jupiter 8V and Morphine and Toxic3 and...