US Congress: Copyright is a special reward

US Congress’s protection of copyrights is not a “special private benefit,” but is meant to achieve an important public interest: “to motivate the creative activity of authors and inventors by the provision of a special reward, and to allow the public access to the products of their genius after the limited period of exclusive control has expired.”

This idea that the special reward exists to motivate creative activity is becoming so obviously a lie it’s the difference between night and day.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120911/14213120346/court-fining-jammie-thomas-9250-per-song-infringed-motivates-creative-activity.shtml

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