Not attempting to be combative, but providing perspective from someone who is protected by my copyrights. And yes, another angle to this is when employed by someone, typical that those copyrights belong to the company, not you, for the creative works you produce under their payroll. Hence, a reporter who writes for a specific news outlet has the copyrights owned by that particular news outlet.<quoted text>
These debates are always combative, and we will have to agree to disagree on this one.
If I have a business, and it owns a building, property tax is paid on the building, and sometimes on inventory.
If I own a farm, I pay tax on the land and the crops.
If I own Star Wars, I am not paying tax on the comparative land where the comparative crops are grown from, even though I am paying tax on the crops.
The idea that one cannot rewrite code is disturbing and has a chilling effect upon progress of technology. The prosecutions of people modifying PS3s disgusted me.
I'm fairly versed in what the terms mean, and I am a dedicated opponent of the current system which reminds me of rent-seeking protectionism, that doesn't produce enough value to society to justify it.
So I am unsure of how any of this is rent-seeking protectionism or doesn't produce any value to society. Your farm or factory produces income. Original intellectual works do as well.