Copyright is a legal right

“Let’s start at the beginning and look at what a copyright is.

Primarily, a copyright is a person’s right to stop other people from copying something. It is a legal right, not a moral one. That means it is created by law to bring about some practical effect, rather than something that people believe people are naturally entitled to.

The primary effect that copyright seeks to bring about is that an author gets paid for what he created. Some people believe that is a valid goal itself, because an author has a natural right to the value that he creates. But historically, that isn’t the real goal of copyright. The real goal is secondary to making the author get paid for his work: It causes the author to create in the first place. An author is more likely to spend time and money writing if he will get paid for it.”

13. Copyright Considerations With LKMs
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Module-HOWTO/copyright.html

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