incrediBILL - 12:29 am on Jul 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Your website designer doesn't get a royalty every time someone visits the site.
I've had equity deals where I did get a percentage of the site so that's not entirely true. Even so, a website designer does have a copyright on that work, or parts of it, unless the client purchases exclusive rights to the design so in theory you can reuse it for multiple clients.
What would you think if the client gave away your design to other website owners?
You get paid once, hundreds, thousands or millions run your site.
Your surgeon doesn't get rake in a supplementary commission every time your heart beats.
They do get paid for all the additional office visits until it stops beating again. a royalty of sorts.
Besides, you're mixing metaphors.
If a musician sells YOU a song, he gets paid once and you can play it forever. Paid by you once for your license to listen that job/performance. That doesn't give joe, jim, bob, fred, etc. the right to have a copy they didn't pay for because they didn't pay for the job. They're free to listen to it on the radio all they want, assuming it's on the radio, or YouTube perhaps, but if they want a personal copy for on demand performances they need to pay for it.
FWIW, I'm a big fan of pay-per-track music. I have thousands of DRM free paid tracks. Pay-per-album, the old way for Vinyl and CD, to pay high prices for a bunch of stuff I really didn't want just to get tracks not released on singles back in the day was brutal, hated it. The current system is fantastic if it wasn't for the pirates trying to screw it up for the rest of us.
BTW, if you want a free movie I have one of someone stealing my daughters bike off her back porch on the 4th of July, from inside her fenced in and locked yard, posted on YouTube. You can see the guy plain as day and I'll bet, now that he's been caught and seeing some inside of the local jail, that he'd BEG only to lose his internet access vs. what he's going through at the moment. Pirate that video all you want, it's free, the bike wasn't :)