Online dangers to creators

Cory Doctorow's latest Guardian article is clearly inspired by the recent SFWA DMCA takedown of his work. In it, he takes a step back to look at the threats artists face :

Artists have lots of problems. We get plagiarised, ripped off by publishers, savaged by critics, counterfeited — and we even get our works copied by "pirates" who give our stuff away for free online.

But no matter how bad these problems get, they're a distant second to the gravest, most terrifying problem an artist can face: censorship.

It's one thing to be denied your credit or compensation, but it's another thing entirely to have your work suppressed, burned or banned. You'd never know it, however, judging from the state of the law surrounding the creation and use of internet publishing tools.