Post in forum #244542 - [Rule Change] All paid content is now DNP forever.

fewrahuxo said:
artists don't automatically get compensation for their work by virtue of putting it out there, and users aren't entitled to tell them what to make. in the former case that's theft of the audience's money, and in the latter case that's slavery of the artist's talents.

the fact that their work is digitally distributed is reason enough share it far and wide. digital work, by its very nature, can have as many copies manufactured at zero cost to anybody who copies it.

an artist who creates work that can be copied forever should not be surprised when their work is copied forever. to rebel against this is to turn back the tide with a bucket.

If this went past you let me reiterate that we're talking about commercial content. Content being produced and then sold by artists. We no longer host products intended for sale. The purchase has a monetary value attached to it because the artist says so. The only thing we have any say on is whether or not it's worth our money to buy it, or not.

If an artist eventually realizes a different venue or strategy gives a larger profit is up to them, it is simply not up to us to tell them what to do.

fewrahuxo said:
you can make numbers say whatever they want to the point of meaninglessness. anecdotal evidence from game developers mean nothing to me. in the first case, they have a confirmation bias and are likely to only seek out information that fits their worldview. in the second place, to imply that everybody who copied a video game was going to pay for that video game shows a special lack of understanding of reality.

i know a friend from Brazil, and the video game industry down there is not very good. nobody pays for anything because they're all too poor too. in fact, if you were to spend $60 on a piece of software instead of, say, food, you would be called a massive idiot, or barring that, rich as hell. to say that everybody should be forced to pay for luxury products, especially those products that cost $0 to manufacture, is a sign of immense privilege.

i wonder though why you bring up video games when they have nothing to do whatsoever with the issue of digital artists having their work copied? you do realize they are completely different industries?

i recommend the lead administrator of a site whose existence is based around the copying of other people's work not complain about users copying that work. edit: and the DMCA doesn't protect the site's administration from uploading copyrighted materials, so i hope no prosecutors notice the 934 uploads from the lead administrator. of course, if they do, i also recommend you have written permission for all 934 instances of copyrighted materials before the court case hits.

A digitally created and distributed product is compared to a different type of digitally created and distributed product.
I can't help you understand statistics if you think numbers are meaningless and are unable to show or demonstrate trends.

As for the Brazil thing, I'm aware of that, but that is not something we can influence. It's also not relevant, if you're miffed at capitalism in general please run for election as a politician and change how the economy works.

fewrahuxo said:
i recommend the lead administrator of a site whose existence is based around the copying of other people's work not complain about users copying that work. edit: and the DMCA doesn't protect the site's administration from uploading copyrighted materials, so i hope no prosecutors notice the 934 uploads from the lead administrator. of course, if they do, i also recommend you have written permission for all 934 instances of copyrighted materials before the court case hits.

The issue is far more finely grained than I am willing to explain to you. Suffice to say no content I uploaded will bring me trouble in front of a jury.