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Comment Copyright (Score 1) 583

Tell me again, how exactly copyright encourages creation of new works?

Tolkien worked from public-domain works and added a lot. According to copyright theory, copyright encourages authors to do that. Otherwise, we would have to read the original Beowulf or Kalevala instead of Tolkien's works. Thanks to copyright, Tolkien was encouraged to publish his work.
Actually, probably Tolkien would have created his work anyway. He wrote Christmas stories for children and did a lot of background work that was not published in his lifetime. But it can be argued that the existence of Allen & Unwin encouraged him to actually publish.

As for Yeskov, it is a derivative. I don't know how he was able to be published in Spanish and other languages.

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