EvertVd - 4:14 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
You just made my point. A multi million dollar a year business? For what? A story, an idea. Really? Please try and explain that to the hungry child who is dying from AIDS right this moment somewhere in Sudan.
That's not a world/way of life I hope we will continue to support and maintain. I'd like to think we can (at least partly) transcend such silly concepts as money.
As for your Google example, that kind of thinking is exactly what we need to abolish. What would Google gain from becoming the worlds largest content farm in a copyright-free world? It's not as if they can monetise it, besides as soon as Google does that people will start using Yahoo instead (or any other search engine).
Nobody should have the right to withhold, restrict, censor or limit knowledge and information. And as a result of that other forms of media (like fiction) will have to follow suit.