lucy24 - 9:49 pm on Sep 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
Expecting people to know who owns the copyright to a content and link only to the right sources or never link to that content at all is going too far IMO. How do people online know who owns the copyright to a piece of content? They link to it because they find it relevant and cool. The real copyright owner can in several times be decided only by a court of law.
Sorry, but I gotta quote from something written over 200 years ago. The author was then at Eton, though he later grew up to be a distinguished parliamentarian. Here we are in No. XI. of the Microcosm, dated Monday, February 12, 1787. The article is a parody of ballad critism. Boldface mine; italics in the original.
"The Knave of Hearts
"He stole those Tarts."
Here attention is awakened; and our whole souls are intent upon the first appearance of the Hero. Some readers may perhaps be offended at his making his entré in so disadvantageous a character as that of a thief. To this I plead precedent.
We may remember ... that in Virgil's poem, almost the first light in which the Pious Ćneas appears to us, is a deer-stealer; nor is it much excuse for him, that the deer were wandering without keepers; for however he might, from this circumstance, have been unable to ascertain whose property they were; he might, I think, have been pretty well assured that they were not his.