If I buy and read a copy of Gatsby, is the value of my "ownership" of the text diminished if someone else buys an identical copy of the book?
How about if someone checks the book out from the library?
How about if I buy a copy of Gatsby and don't read it? While I own the physical text, do I actually own the novel?
If I check out a copy of Gatsby from the library, read the text, and return the copy to the library, does my "ownership" of the text end when I return the book to the library?
Writing books, and creating other works of art, costs money, and requires time, and considerable effort. None of that should be overlooked, and creators deserve fair and adequate compensation for the work and creativity. Texbooks, assessments, and learning materials for K12 education, however, are largely designed to be subsidized via public money; burdening these materials with copyright restrictions that...