Too too too true: "Apparently no one seems to be worried about the constant expansion of property rights
, even seemingly absurd ones. I have no doubt that the government has the power to create the right, just as it has the power to define and enforce all property rights, but why is this extension justified?" (emphasis added).
As you point out, the implementation of new technologies seems to result in some people asserting that they have an implicit property right that allows them to extort money. The Writer's Guild claims implementing the new technology will deprive them of revenue. If this is true, then shouldn't the maker of the Kindle 2 give the Writers Guild a bill for the development costs!
My only real point, the government needs to develop a backbone to reject these absurd claims that continually expand the scope of patents and copyright. Unfortunately, our elected officials (who pass these absurd laws) do not seem to understand the meaning of working for the public good.
I wonder if the Author's guild has discovered that the Kindle allows readers to change the font size? Clearly authors are entitled to separate royalties to Large Print Editions and the Kindle is stealing revenue from authors.
What is exasperating is that the Author's Guild president doesn't see that the additional features of the Kindle will sell *more copies* of ebooks, whereas raising the price of ebooks by making Amazon pay extra for a non-existent text to speech right will reduce sales. The Author's Guild president is a short-sighted moron.