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Optic Frost

Subj: Hey, MB, writers question for you
Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 01:38:32 pm EST
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 09:40:30 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)

I'd actually asked this a while ago during the copyright thread, but I think the question got lost in the shuffle, 'cause you never replied. But this strike thread got me wondering about it again.

Paraphrasing ('cause I'm too lazy to find exact post) you had called writers fanatical in their obsession over ownership rights of their work. I was curious about why/how you came to that opinion. I mean, a person who writes a novel takes months, if not years, to do it. There is a HUGE amount of time and energy involved. (Same for someone who writes music, or lyrics, or comes up with a video game.)

So, what I don't understand is why you think someone should *not* be proud of that? Why shouldn't a person claim ownership of it? The results came from all their effort. I mean, heck, it's a a great deal more difficult and time consuming to write a single novel than it is to build a single chair.

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