This idea seems good. We should be preventing people from making money off of other’s work. That’s why people copyright what they create.
However through my years on the internet, I have yet to see the harm that copyright infringement brings.
I have seen how it can stunt creativity. In 2007, there was a youtube user known as cyberdragon666. He made videos using video game footage and footage from a TV show. He was showing how well the video game engine was designed as it could reenact scenes from the TV show.
His youtube site was shut down due to copyright infringement. He has left the internet ever since. He spent years working on this and it was all gone with just a click. The TV show had been off air for years. He bought the video game.
How would these videos have damaged the company that owned the copy right? He didn’t upload episodes. He didn’t say he made the television and he wasn’t selling it for money.
I’ve seen so many accounts terminated for this damageless copyright infringement and I can’t see why this is right. It’s free advertisment. People were talking about how good the game was. But somehow it’s seen as wrong by law. How did this come to be?
This shutting down of fan projects isn’t going to make people buy more DVDs or action figures. It’s just crushing the work of people.
Another example would be the Streets of Rage Remake that was built from the ground up and worked on for eight years by a group of devoted fans. Sega didn’t do anything with the franchise during that time. Then they give them a cease and desist letter. Eight years of work shut down. And Sega still isn’t doing anything with their copyright on Streets of Rage.
This is right?