Do a few copyright wins for libraries and open access, in general, mean the death of the American author?
Attorney and best-selling author, Scott Turow, seems to think so.
It goes that if the author's work is not protected by copyright, then the author has no incentive to create.
I like Neil Gaimon's take on it better: free access to works means higher sales -- it's like free advertising and much like the music industry and Spotify. Turow argues that this open access movement is more of a problem for non-best-selling authors. Those are the same types of musicians who benefit from free streaming services like Spotify. More people are exposed to the music, therefore more people buy the music. The same can be said for the publishing industry.
Scott Turow's NYTimes Article
Neil Gaiman's Pro-Piracy Post