Slashdot Beta ruins the foundation of Slashdot, the discussion system.
Dice: listen to your users and abandon the project. Accept your losses and move on before your users move on to other sites.
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Someone should start something anew. Run it themselves, like Taco used to do.
I don't have the energy or time or personality to run the thing, but I'd be a happy viewer and contributor.
There's enough of a market for it it to pay for the running costs. Someone just has to step up.
I've long held this view myself. If we're serious about this, we should face it head on and defend the right to send files to one another as we please. The line I would draw is between commercial and noncommercial copying.
Copying someone else's work and making a profit off of it should be illegal. That, effectively, is what copyright law protected up until digital copying became a reality. Copyright violators used to be well-capitalized businessmen running their own printing presses. They were in it for the profit and could reasonably be said to be directly taking profit from the copyright holder.
Today, everyone is, or can be with trivial effort, a copyright violator. With that, the motive behind copyright violation has shifted from profiteering to sharing.
Not-for-profit sharing of copyrighted material should be legal. Such sharing results in wider dissemination of cultural works. It also does not directly take profit from the copyright holder: a free download is not equivalent to a sale.
As for the perceived threat to artists, you are right to point out that most of what we consder classic art did not depend on copyright for its creation. I would add two things:
Fundamentally, though, we as a community have to move away from nit-picking takedowns like these, and address the issue head on. Copyright should be abolished for non-commercial copying.
I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.