said 10 months, 2 weeks ago:
Sharing denotes ownership… you always have the right to share what you own. The law assumes you have that right.
The law also assumes you have legal notice of what others own. That means if you know you do not own a thing, then you have the duty to find out who does own that thing and ask permission from the owner to use it, to share it, in the way you would like.
I think that is pretty simple. Just because time and technology have advanced to the point where technology can recreate the image or sound of a thing (a tangible object) without actually being the thing, does not mean we have the right to “share” or steal the thing without asking permission.
I’m always amazed at how complicated people can distort something when they want what they want when they want it without paying or asking permission to use a thing they know is not theirs to have or to use.
We grow up going to a school where the “fair use” doctrine for “educational purposes” allows our teachers to share ideas and photos and music with us for free. That’s lawful and every rights owner agrees it is for the good of all we use that information and the free expression and exchange of ideas to help educate others in a no holds barred, no ideas barred environment. This is a nonprofit environment and a charitable act by all rights owners contributing to the education of the world.
What has happened, since technology has sped up all processes without taking time to educate everyone, is that students have grown up thinking all that information was “free,” when actually much of it was only conditionally donated as long as it was used strictly for educational purposes. The second any of those informational things — photos, graphics, music, writings — were used for commercial purposes, the wishes and the rights of the owners were ignored and their “freebie” permission was revoked.
If you don’t know what your “right” is to use a thing, don’t use it. If you don’t own a thing, don’t use it. If you don’t know whether you own a thing, I’d bet money you don’t own it.
The only person or corporation who has the right to use or give permission to use a thing is the person or corporation who owns the thing. Do you have the right to share a thing you don’t own? To “share” a thing you don’t own is to steal a thing from it’s owner and give it to another person. To justify that, under any stretch of the imagination, is to turn the concept of the Ten Commandments, copyright law, contstitutional property rights law, and the basic concept of decency upside down.
To those who think sharing a thing you don’t own without permission or payment is not stealing, I must ask whether you think it would be ok to go to the home of the person who owns the original thing and take the orginal thing away from them without payment or permissions would be ok, too. What convoluted logic would tell you that would be okay? The latter is a criminal act with possible felony charges that could take away your right to vote in this country if the value of thing is more than $500, not to mention the prison time involved.
YouTube has now made it possible to monetize all user channels now. If you plan on doing that, understand that you are now engaging in commerce and can no longer even claim “fair use” status in “sharing” things that do not belong to you, even if you don’t think you’re in business.
If you are “sharing” things that don’t belong to you on the internet (or any other place), you have already been given notice of all your rights in advance. All these excuses for stealing are getting very old. Theft is theft. Having millions of people chime in to support a “socialist” mantra that all property should be turned over to the masses and that capitalism, property rights, and other law-abiding freedoms be damned is not something new. It is very, very old… and still just as frightening… watching it overtake the minds and methods of so many young people who do not yet see how they are undermining their own future economic survival.
Please notice the very bold and long introduction to the “evolution” video Michael shared. They obviously received permission to use the photos in that film. The owner of those photos had the right NOT to have their photos used in the film, but they CHOSE to allow it, whether for payment or not was not revealed. This is just.
In a free land such as ours, we can not give in to any government or movement that chooses theft and feigned ignorance as a way of profit. As long as the creator of a thing lives and until such time as his minor children can fend for themselves, HE and his children deserve protection from the mobs that would rob them blind and leave their families penniless. How can any thinking or caring person think otherwise?
If you don’t know about all those “rights,” and are too overwhelmed even to think about it, then just walk away and leave the man’s “thing” alone. But don’t be claiming ignorance when you steal from him.