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If I understand correctly in the UK libraries pay a fee to a clearing house that is then distributed to authors.

This is to compensate for the royalties lost because the same book is lent out to many readers.

I'm not so concerned with intangible intellectual property, like music downloads. There are enough people making or hoping to make lots of money from this so revenue capture will be worked out eventually.

I'm mostly dealing with art where the thing itself (the artifact) is thought to have value. One can sell a copy of a painting or display it online, but only one owner can actually possess the original at a time. When the value goes up through sale then the artist or a proxy should share in this gain.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 09:55:14 AM EST
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