Respecting Copyrights

Because I am a writer and am trying to make my living as one, I take copyrights very seriously . . . so seriously that I don’t even watch videos on YouTube unless I know the person either is the copyright holder or has permission from the copyright holder to upload the video.

I read a blog this week about piracy sites. People take books, upload them, and sell them without the author getting a dime. I think it’s horrible, and shouldn’t all creative people feel the same? I mean, don’t we know how much agony, time, revising, and thought goes into the stories we write? I don’t think it’s fair that someone is getting rich off of the author’s work.

The same is true of those that give stories (music, videos, video games) for free. Only the author or copyright holder of the work is allowed to give away their stuff for free. It doesn’t matter if the holder is sitting on their work and there are fans who want to see it. Only the author or copyright holder is allowed to give away their stuff. If they want to be selfish; it’s their prerogative.

I may not like that fact, but I respect it. To me it’s black and white, because I am a creative person, and I wouldn’t want people passing around my work without my permission or behind my back.

So, what do you think? Do you agree/disagree? What’s your opinion?

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