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[quote] On 2012-05-01 13:08, cyberdave03 wrote: [quote]If you're dumb enough to expose the secret on Youtube it's your right because you own the secret[/quote] I have a differing opinion. If someone buys a commercial trick, they have the right to know the secret, of course, but they don't have the (at least moral) right to expose it to the general public, for 2 reasons. One: the inventor and the manufacturer invested a great deal of money in developing, manufacturing and marketing the trick. If the trick is widely exposed, sales will plummet (who wants to buy and perform a trick that everyone knows how it's done). That effectively is stealing from people who deserve the payoff. Two: no man is an island. Many other people have paid their hard earned money for that trick, too, with the intention of either entertaining, or even earning a living, by performing it. That trick becomes worthless if the secret is widely exposed on a venue like Youtube. In fact, it used to be I would mention the name of a trick as I perform it ("and now I give you...Geometrick!) - no more. If you mention the name, after the trick they ask, "how did you do that", you smile and say "Magic!", and they respond, "Yeah, I'll just look it up on Youtube". They can do the same after just seeing a demo of a trick on Youtube. But, it's not Youtube (or the other video sites) per se, it's the inconsiderate clowns that are posting secrets they don't have a right to expose. The inventors, unfortunately, usually don't have legal recourse because they don't seek a copyright or patent on their tricks. To do so requires filing detailed plans with the government office, which then becomes public record, for anyone to look up how the trick is done. [/quote]
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