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  1. If you look broadly, copyright is a way to adapt the payment of intellectual labor to the realities of commodity-money exchange. Since commodity-money exchange initially arose for the needs of agriculture, and the products of intellectual labor, by their nature, are completely different in nature, and lack a number of commodity properties, significant problems arise along this path. Within the framework of a commodity-money economy, they are apparently unsolvable. But as long as we have adopted just such an economy, we have to be content with the surrogate of fair payment for intellectual labor in the form of copyright.

    It should be noted that even now a significant part of the world's intellectual activity is financed not through copyright mechanisms, but through contractual obligations to provide services in the execution of an order, or, in recent years, also through non-market mechanisms such as crowdsourcing. But here much depends on the nature of the product. For example, fundamental research development is easier to finance without involving copyright, and shooting an entertainment movie is not so easy.

  2. Well, first of all, mental work is also work that requires time, energy, and even nerves. This means that we would like to compensate for these resources in some way. In a situation where a person spent two weeks coming up with a logo, for example, and someone took this logo and appropriated it, which, for example, increased the profit from products, the logo author remains unfairly thrown overboard, without a single penny.

    Secondly, the economic aspect. Demand creates supply: people need music, movies, books, inventions – the authors/creators / you name it give it all. As a result, there is an exchange, money flows, budgets are filled, people get richer; there is motivation to create something. When intellectual property (copyright) is not protected, there is no such motivation, which means there is no growth.

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