Defining Property from @paulg - a Pro Copyright Perspective
Paul Graham, a Y-Combinator founder, just wrote a tidy anti-copyright essay titled Defining Property. Unfortunately Paul convolutes the tactics of the RIAA and the MPPA with the practical / impractical debate over copyrights.
For rightsholders I have this to say: copyrights enable you to scale via minimal increment investments. Recorded music is an instantiation of your musical works; it's an instantiation of your software and your source code. As the rightsholder of your source code you should expect respect of your copyright wishes.
To all the Y-Combinator startups: release all of your source code tomorrow so anyone can freely profit from it. Or enable anyone to freely embed (stream) your engineering - unencumbered by your terms of service - into any app or site that can freely profit from it. After all, you can scale by selling t-shirts or by performing live on stage to pirated organ music; with small monkeys, on large tricycles, and whilst wearing little blue hats.