Copyright Is Only a Right for a Reason
Bach didn't need a record contractor royalties to inspire him.When legislators make foolish laws, or courts enforce laws foolishly, they teach people to justify doing whatever they want. In particular, when teen-agers spend their formative years acquiring contempt for laws that are made by the ignorant at the behest of the selfish, I fear for the consequences when those young people become our next generation of leaders. Thats why the battle between the record industry and the rest of the world is more than just an example of a business that doesnt understand its reason for being. And its also why we should wish Verizon well in its appeal of last months District Court ruling, which ordered that service provider to identify a user who may have engaged in file swapping.
At some point, someone has to go back to the source of congressional authority to grant patent and copyright protections in the first place"to promote the progress of science and useful arts." Historian Garry Wills has observed that this clause in the Constitution is unique in that it states a reasonunlike the other clauses in Article I, Section 8, which merely grant the powers "to lay and collect taxes ... to coin money ... to establish Post Offices," and so on.