With this aim for the end of drudgery and the expansion of productive leisure, the individual and the family unit will be able to contribute to the culture of society. This may be in the creation of works of art (painted, drawn, sculpted or otherwise made), or in the creation of music and dance, or in the use of the workshops as places of light industry, cuisine, or whatever the family concerned wish to use the workshop for. Socialism isn't a system of servitude. Unlike Capitalism, the ethos of Socialism is freedom from the spiritual and cultural poverty which is a part of material poverty.
The articles on this site are contributed by various writers. Some people prefer to be named, others to remain anonymous. That is for each writer to decide for himself or herself. The published work is not always thoroughly scanned to make sure that copyright laws are respected, and this has not generally been a problem. However, the inclusion of a single copyrighted image which the owner has not given explicit permission for us to use, can lead to costs being incurred. When the writer does not pay for what she or he has misused, the responsibility goes to the organisation as a whole, leaving comrades to pay for the oversight of an individual who cannot pay the costs herself, or himself. SWPE writers do not tend to get into this mess, and only a comrade of poor calibre (worthy of fast becoming an ex-comrade!) would willingly allow for a fellow comrade to foot the bill for her mistake, or his.
Isn't Copyright a form of ownership and of control? In some instances yes, but in the case of the protection of the property of the creators of work of cultural value, copyright has to be seen as a means for allowing the work of the individual to be widely seen, without impacting upon the earned income of the individual. The anarchist, Proudhon, argued that property is theft. Proudhon's slogan has become popular with bourgeois elements who do not understand that Proudhon was speaking of the land for the production of unearned wealth through sale and leasing. Proudhon didn't mean that the individual has no right to his or her own possessions. SWPE is Socialist, not anarchist, so there is no contradiction in the desire for the maximum possible freedom alongside the total respect for the individual to have safety in the knowledge that his or her own possessions are exclusively his or hers.
With the specific issue of Copyright theft in regards to imagery obtained online, the following is a post (used with permission!) from the website of photojournalist, Lynda Bowyer:
The following is a letter from Lynda Bowyer to SWPE, which all of our current and potential contributers should read. Lynda's livelihood is her work, and it would be anti-Socialist to steal the product of her honest labour. Thank you again to Lynda for giving permission for the use of the above post and the following letter to help SWPE members and supporters to keep the importance of respecting the means of earned income of others. We must not fall into the trap of attacking all forms of ownership with a brash disregard for the impact upon the well being of others, or the repercussions against ourselves should we become so arrogant or lazy that we behave in a manner unbecoming to the principles of Socialism.