Has copyright EVER helped the little guy?
February 26, 2013 7:55 AM Subscribe
I am of the firm belief that the copyright system in the US is broken, and in need of great reform. But I'm wondering if anyone has examples of copyright actually helping a small artist retain control of their work and/or get compensation from their work.
There are tons of examples of artists either:
a. ignoring copyright or giving their work away under creative commons and embracing their fans and reaping the whirlwind in terms of goodwill, merchandise sales, etc.
b. being sticklers on copyright and angering their fans by making their work inaccessible or by suing them.
I'm wondering if anyone has examples of artists who are pro-copyright actually finding themselves and their art protected by copyright law without raising the ire of their fanbase by using copyright protections to pursue people who are hijacking or otherwise stealing their work.