Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 12:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV I generally need a billion words to explain the problems inherit in the current copyright system. Joss Stone needs just one minute. "I don't care how you hear it - as long as you hear it." Can we please appoint Ms Stone as supreme overlord of the universe?
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Alternatives to Piracy
by sparkyERTW on Mon 17th Jan 2011 15:07 UTC
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I do agree with everyone arguing music and software piracy is illegal. However, I also agree that modern copyright law has become a problem, though I'm not sure a "billion words" are necessary (some excellent words, though, can be heard by Lawrence Lessig and his lectures on free culture).

Free software licenses, and the Creative Commons for music/art/etc., are very powerful and legal ways to share what you create. They can give almost limitless rights to the licensee (copy, distribute and transmit as you like, right to create derivative works) while also allowing the copyright holder to protect their work in some forms (disallowing use for commercial purposes, attribution required, propagation of license terms). It also doesn't mean that the copyright holder isn't allowed to sell their music (though they certainly can give it away for free); they're just allowing fair use rights once it's been bought. A number of artists have had great success with CC licenses.

Of course, this doesn't solve the problem of people who have no respect for the hard work of others. If you want a free copy of a recording, okay; there are other avenues to support that artists. But if you download their entire catalog illegally, sneak into all their concerts, create knock-off merchandise rather than pay for it, basically give them nothing back... you're a jerk.

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