Copyright is a granted privilege that artists were given as a reward for the publishing of their art, instead they think it’s property!

There was a paradigm shift, and those government monopolies are no longer working anymore (bcuz enforcement on the net is impossible), but instead of recognizing that their government can’t help them make money anymore, they don’t even understand that copyright is a granted privilege that they were given as a reward for the publishing of their art, instead they think it’s property! ….in other words they are not even CLOSE to understanding why their business model from the 20th century isn’t working anymore (especially in Japan). And this really saddens me. Many artists who could have been making a living off their fans, don’t know how to, or don’t have the control or have not even heard of the ideas anyway, because their publishers don’t understand how to. In fact they don’t want to know, because their publishers have a financial interest to keep things the way they are.

That’s why I always say, the best thing that the West can give to the Japanese is not their money. It’s their ideas. I heard there is a Pirate Party Japan now. So those ideas are spreading, and we have hope of a more efficient way to support artists in the coming years, because the copyright idea is dying slowly, bit by bit.

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