Mr. Davis: Had you bothered to read the bills in question, and the arguments against them, you would have quickly realized that the debate is not about the value or role of copyright, but instead about its enforcement and the lack of checks and balances in the new proposals (spoiler: it's heavily skewed in favor of copyright enforcers/owners without reasonable due process for the alleged infringers).
"Sure, some of them pay me after they are confronted or take the image down, but why should I have to find them and confront them?" - How exactly do you propose that these images be automatically removed? Clairvoyance? If you want Google to be the enforcer of such decisions, be prepared to face the consequences. For instance, what is to prevent your site or CL from being delisted / demapped from the web if someone levels the dreaded charge of infringement? What if these claims were completely unfounded? How would Google distinguish a legitimate one from a smear campaign? Are you happy about this fairness of this system especially without the involvement of an independent judiciary?
Somewhere amidst the muddle of your misguided rant, there is a discussion to be had about the efficacy of current copyright laws especially for independent artists like yourself. Is there a way to prevent this without encroaching on free speech? What would you change without tearing apart the basic infrastructure of the internet?
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