Demaestro - 12:22 am on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's based around the precept that since they were not going to pay for it, then the creator hasn't lost any revenue, therefore it's OK that they took it. That is not correct.
Slow down, I am not saying it is OK. Not even a little bit, I don't think it is ok.
What I am saying is that the monetary damages to the content creator aren't as severe as many think.
That's funny. Really. First how many authors do you know who have made lots of money from giving their creations away free?
Not sure why you find that funny. I am not making a point that taking stuff for free is moral or otherwise an acceptable thing to do, I am making a point that people getting stuff for free isn't necessarily costing the creator a lot of money.
Several website authors I know give away their content for free and do just fine.
If you are talking book authors, I only know 1 book author. He sold over 250,000 copies and I helped him mail 100s of books out to radio stations and tv shows FOR FREE in an effort to get word of mouth going, and anytime someone came in the office to say hi he would give them a book.