I’m not an author, nor a pro musician, I don’t even gig anymore… But as a trades person we also get taken advantage of by being enticed for ‘possible’ work, make us come out to your home, costing us gas, wear & tear on the vehicle, time, money…when they ‘really’ just want to pick your brain for what possibly needs to be done, so they can get FREE advice to either do it themselves, or have their brother/friend/father do it from your years of knowledge …knowing very well they’re wasting your precious time, money & resources. Some EVEN want you to provide an ‘exact’ material list for them!
It’s because of THOSE types that I now generally do not bother to give ‘Estimates’…hell, if someone calls and leave a message that they want me to give an ‘estimate’, often I won’t even call them back. There are people with money IN HAND waiting to get something fixed. I’ve directly lost a LOT of money from these situations that a one man operation can’t sustain too many losses. 've even passed on a PAYING jobs because I promised a time waster (basically a thief) that I would be there to give an estimate.
Now IMO, in my own above situation I think it’s even WORSE than a situation of intellectual property (not that it’s good either), because it’s ‘directly’ costing me, not just what it could ‘potentially’ take away from me. I’m more than willing to give someone my time with FREE phone advice, and even walk them through fixing something themselves, thus, cutting myself or another trades person a job! I don’t even care about potential prospective work that doesn’t pan out,I have PLENTY of losses in my business. If someone wanted to but when I spend $50 in gas, 2 hours travel back & forth, and hour or so looking at a job, that’s a direct hit, especially factoring a paying job I’ve passed on.
Now, if download one of my songs that I wrote to listen to for their own enjoyment, as long as they’re not trying to make a ‘profit’ from my works, I wouldn’t feel put out at all, but more flattered…just me. I’ve even heard big music stars say this. Now, Prince? Formally known as a JACKA$$, well he prolly needs the money