So Much for the Free Beer

Great result for copyright holders in the Golan case from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices Bryer and Alito dissented but had some great and insightful language:

“[P]iracy often begets piracy, breeding the destructive habit of taking copyrighted works without paying for them, even where payment is possible. Such habits ignore the critical role copyright plays in the creationof new works, while reflecting a false belief that new creation appears by magic without thought or hope of compensation.”

Felix “BYOB” Oberholzer-Gee take note.