I feel like the thrill of micropayments have me spending on a spree.
I will never buy some article for $10 (!!!) from a news stand. Why am I paying so much on this site? It's probably the frictionless payment that Bitcoin allows, but it's getting pretty expensive. All the tipping and buying are adding up.
And then the scams.
I spent $12 whole dollars on something that I thought Rivers and Mountains wrote. Now, I really appreciate his insights and frequent updates, so I think it's worth it. I was antsy about the market, so as soon as I see another of RnM's article, I instabuy. I read it and it's some weird, terrible, and outdated analysis. That is saying buy BTC so you can get B2X fork. Doesn't sound like RnM.
Turns out it was not. When I bought the article (by RiversAndMountains"Premium") Two people had already bought it and said it was worth it. Were they in on the scam? Even if they were, the article still got away with $30 in profit from me and two other gullible users.
I love this platform, it's a lot of fun and shows much promise. I applaud Ryan for his platform idea and BCH adoption. I understand that there is a payoff to stopping scammers. Yours' response to the situation was prompt. I should have been more careful. This is the wild crypto west after all.

Next question. Copyright.
Ryan, I asked you on Twitter and I will ask here as well.
I have a friend who draws comics and I suggested he post here, and that was his first question. I think ppl who want to sell pictures on #nsfw have exactly the same concern.
It's a tough question, especially since buying is owning, and owning a file or a comic or a picture means that it is now yours and on the internet. Piracy follows. Has Yours arrived at the conclusion that piracy (like scam accounts) is impossible to stop and users should work around it? What are your thoughts?

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I am charging $12 for nothing. Hey, sucker, it's what I was sold!
In the paid content I left my facebook profile. I am selling personal information!
But if you add I will definitely accept, and cancel the sucker comment.
Much love.
 

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"How does Yours protect artists from getting their work stolen?"

I don't believe it can, nor do I believe it should. If we are expecting legal protections on a site like Yours, I believe we are missing the point. This space isn't about protection first and foremost, but about opportunity. If one can truly accept that, then one can flourish here. If one can't accept it, then one will be tempted to call for more controls. But going this route will mean fewer, not greater opportunities, and success will become ever more elusive. As a rule, people aren't intrigued by Yours because it does things just like every other online space. They're intrigued by Yours precisely because it doesn't.

I don't believe the worst thing that can happen to an artist is to have work stolen. I believe the worst thing that can happen to an artist is to not have work worth stealing.
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I think there has to be some identity validation process for current and new users. I know that Yours is working on that. There also has to be some review of usernames so that people don't add a "_" or whatever to the end of a name like RiversAndMountains_ and charge a high fee for bogus content. That hurts both the real RiversAndMountains as well as Yours.
Copyright is more difficult to enforce. As a writer, I feel that ownership of unique content that any author writes should be protected as intellectual property. It's a product that's created through labor and then either shared freely by the author or sold like any other product. Using someone else's content without permission is theft. Period.
If you look at Medium.com they allow the author to retain ownership rights to content they create and publish. They assert a nonexclusive license to publish it. They also require that you have rights to the content that you publish: "You’re welcome to post content on Medium that you’ve published elsewhere, as long as you have the rights you need to do so. "
Finally, any associated risks fall to you as the author: "You’re responsible for the content you post. This means you assume all risks related to it, including someone else’s reliance on its accuracy, or claims relating to intellectual property or other legal rights. "
The problem is enforcement. I imagine Medium.com runs new content through a plagiarism detector. On Steemit, there used to be a small team of volunteers who spot-checked content for plagiarism. They looked at photos as well. Finally, they had a duplicate content bot that checked content. I assume they're still doing all of that. Verifying original content is labor-intensive for any site.
That being said, I assume anything I publish on Yours may be stolen by someone else and reused. Consequently, I don't publish anything here that I planned to publish elsewhere, except maybe on Steemit. If I created a short story or novel, I wouldn't publish it here. I'd publish it on sites where my copyright is protected.
It's hard to imagine serious writers in any niche publishing their content here or elsewhere without copyright enforcement. If you can't request a DMCA take down of plagiarized content, then I think it will limit the writers who will publish here. One possible exception is a writer who creates two types of content: throw away content and premium content. Throw away content might be published on sites like this to attract an audience. That audience would then see links to premium content on other sites that protect copyright.



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@Rich Dalton, thanks for your input. I am still mulling over your (wonderful) questions about the Global Basic Income from the last post. You sound quite libertarian. Are you? I am not asking for legal protection, but there is a difference between a free-for-all and protection guidelines exist. Right now there is no license at all.
@SandyB, I think you hit the nail on the head with the last paragraph. That's why crypto TA is the perfect product - it's more immediately valuable than an article. I hope yours answers these questions, whether here or in an update. I am very excited by this platform and I want to know where it is heading.
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@Yoonski:
Thanks for the detailed writeup. I have saved this to make sure we address your points.
We take scams and copyright violations seriously. We are not aware of easy fixes, but we can improve things over time, like having a user rating and reputation system, moderation, and automatic flagging of some copyright violations. These will take some time to implement but it is a high priority for us.
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I am against copyright and claim the effectiveness of a different system, similar to how Bitcoin interrupted the monetary market:

I am spending less money now too, and my principal aim is that of voting on content that I agree with or think is important, to see it float to the top. Even though I keep making money from my content, I am a high-activity user, and so my money for votes runs out fast. I use this the way I would fb.
At this point, I use the money I get strategically as much as possible. I don't intend to especially use this place for cashing out yet, though I do need the money, but instead for popularizing the platform and working out the kinks to best present the solutions and problems that I think need fastest addressing.
Also, your first three images are broken.
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