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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Very limited copyright and patent is necessary for many things.

Can you give an example? I can't think of any.

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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

What stops someone from taking your book and just making copies of it for sale without paying you? Or taking your invention and just making it themselves for sale? In an environment like that, why would anyone create anything new that required them to invest any time or money into it since anyone else could just take their creation and copy it directly without having to put any time or money into the job? Patent and copyright are to reward a creator with a very limited time frame of exclusivity. When very limited in scope and time it provides enough benefit for people to want to invest time and money into new creations. When virtually unlimited (like now) it serves to choke out creations.

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[–] Broc_Lia 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

What stops someone from taking your book and just making copies of it for sale without paying you? Or taking your invention and just making it themselves for sale?

A more pertinent question is "who would buy from them and why?"

Customers generally prefer to get inventions and books from the original source, even if it's more expensive. They do so for a variety of reasons:

  • Expectations of superior quality

  • Wanting to support the creator

  • Bragging rights (I have an original)

  • Dislike of copycats

  • Associated rewards (like in-game items on official servers, or a rebate on the mark2 coming out in september)

If they're going elsewhere then it's probably a sign that:

  • I've priced myself out of the market

  • I'm not distributing fast enough

  • My distribution isn't widespread enough

  • I've seriously pissed off the majority of my customers somehow

Or some other similar reason. Either way, I should be conducting market research to find out how I can improve my service and get that marketshare for myself. Suing the competition out of existence won't appeal to those customers who already decided not to buy from me. If anything they're going to be pissed off that I took that choice away from them.

In an environment like that, why would anyone create anything new that required them to invest any time or money into it since anyone else could just take their creation and copy it directly without having to put any time or money into the job?

To make money. Consumers love innovation and reward it. Even if it's not profitable, it can be really good PR (eg. making a cool short, then releasing it for free on youtube as a promo for your book).

All we have to do is look at the music industry. Music copyright is virtually dead since torrenting came along, but people still innovate and they still make money.