Freedom
With all the political and economic scuffling by competing, vested interests, it's easy to forget that copyright...comes down to something very simple and human...
The freedom to choose.
Before there is revenue or corporations, labels, studios, publishers, websites, there is an author, or a creator -- an individual who has the right to choose a path for the work he or she makes.
Just as the First Amendment gives a creator the right to choose literally any form of expression, copyright gives that creator first choice in how that expression is used -- whether it's work for hire, work for sale, or work to be given away.
It really is that simple.

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