If someone decides to give their work away, that's absolutely fine. The point is that it should be at the discretion of the creator.
Also, that is one heck of a strange view of the development of copyright law (let's give it its proper name).
In point of historical fact, before authors (note: not publishers) fought tooth and nail to win that right for themselves in relatively modern times, it was virtually impossible to make a living with one's pen, and they either found something else to do to put food on the table, found a rich patron to flatter or scribbled half-starved in garrets (Grub Street).
The logical consequence of that wonderful-sounding "against intellectual monopoly" is to go back to that situation, kill off the notion of the full-time writer (since they will have to find something that actually gives them money) and thus give them less time to create whatever it is you like reading.
It's an example of what economists call Ricardo's Law of Comparative Advantage - society as a whole is best off when people spend all their time doing what they do best. But if you're not willing to pay them to do that, in the long run everyone loses.
The point made by sanddemon certainly summed it up.
Whatever your position or notions regarding ownership & rights, what will be applied towards it will be the current generations attitude and available tools.
Look how the entertaimnet industry flails about P2P, trying to force the extinct distribution model rather than figuring out how to capitalize on new technology enviroment. Maybe the dinosaur character could have been Asok's publisher!
Amazing how fast technology eclipses norms multiple times in one working adults life. Exciting & scary, depending where you stand.
@Roger_the_Intern: Tell that to the Artsist who sells a painting once with high comission to the gallery and sees the painting sold at auction years later for 100 times the money he got for it. Two of my paintings may be in a gallery in Milan, but what I got for them didn't pay for the frame. A book deal is at least worth royaties.
If you don't want to download the PDF of the book: Against Intellectual Monopoly, you can always buy it on Amazon.
A realistic view of intellectual monopoly is that it is a
disease rather than a cure. It arises not from a principled effort to
increase innovation, but from a noxious combination of medieval
institutions â€“ guilds, royal licenses, trade restrictions, religious and
political censorship â€“ and the rent-seeking behavior of would be
monopolists seeking to fatten their purse at the expense of public