Most people who are NOT writers don't understand why the rights granted to an author under copyright law are so important.
Too many people don't understand why illegally downloading a book, song, or software isn't just illegal but also killing making it impossible for those with creative careers to pay their bills.
Why should you pay for someone's creative work? I saw this quote in my Authors Guild magazine.
"Opponents of rigorous copyright protection say, writers will write anyway [without that protection]. That's like saying somebody likes to bake, so when they open a bakeshop, why does anyone need to pay for the cookies and cakes?" ~ Mary Rasenerger
I'll answer the question posed in Ms. Rasenerger's quote. Because if you don't pay, the baker will go broke and get a different kind of job where they can get paid.
If writers and musicians can't make a living wage with their creative works, then they'll stop doing that and get a job that gives them a way to pay the rent and put food on the table.
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