it's so fucking wild to me that people who don't work for a multinational corporation think that copyright law protects them at all. like no independent artist has the resources to *actually* go after copyright infringement. copyright is mere security theater for "intellectual property," a phrase so cursed i cannot believe we have normalized it
i saw someone (an otherwise intelligent person) say that even if we decommodified necessities so artists don't need to sell their work to survive that copyright would still be needed to protect artists from having their work stolen by large corporations, and it is an absolutely out of control lack of imagination that you can imagine a world where we've decommodified housing, food, water, electricity, clothing, and more, but in that world you still assume we'd have large corporations.
copyright is a fucking hack, it's a fucking admission that the market is fake and doesn't make any sense at all so we had to make up this completely nonsense idea that you can "own" a cultural object, and that the people who are credited with creating cultural objects should have absolute control over how those cultural objects are used.
if you can't make a living when people """"steal"""" your art, that's not a problem with """"theft,"""" the problem is you live in a society where you are required to turn culture into property in order to justify your right to exist!! that's what's fucked up!!! not people posting your book online for free!!
while i despise him for spelling it "videogames" instead of "video games," thecatamites wrote a blog post about this recently that also includes some great observations about already existing spaces where people release art for free: https://myfriendpokey.tumblr.com/post/620358240432160768/thats-the-tragedy-of-the-commons-some-fuck
and similarly, people concern trolling about stuff like OpenAI Jukebox and things like it are just people handwringing about sampling all over again. culture does not exist to be pristinely observed for all time perfectly in the form the artist intended, it exists to be digested, recombined, absorbed, transformed, reproduced, destroyed, recreated, and all manner of other things! the commodification of art for the sake of "the market" destroys the relationship of people to their culture.
@prophet_goddess I like the concept of abolishing copyright, but I don't really see how it helps folks like struggling artists right now.
@Anarkat never said that it did.
@Anarkat it is totally true that just abolishing copyright law and changing nothing else would be a disaster, but the point i am making is not to propose that we just abolish copyright and change nothing else, i think if you read what i wrote the point is that copyright is a symptom of capitalism that destroys our relationship to the cultures we live in.
@Anarkat the specific thing that i made this thread in response to was the internet archive lawsuit, which cut off access to culture for millions of people in favor of like, hypothetically but not actually helping artists, and is a great example of how artists buy into the copyright system even though it doesn't benefit them and simply lines the pockets of record labels/publishing houses/etc