Quote courtesy of author Nick Mamatas who gave it the heading of “The Internet Changed Everything!”
‘In Worcester, Springfield, and Hartford they were again greeted with rapture, and at Hartford, Dickens again raised the matter of international copyright. The dinner guests said nothing, but the local paper took the view that he should be pleased with his popularity and grateful for it too, and that it was mercenary to fuss about pirated copies. Much of the American press followed suit.”
— from Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin
Somehow, I find this comforting.