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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Selling records only makes up an incredibly small portion of an artists' income.

But it does make them income... which means you are depriving them of income, no matter how small... except your not depriving them by not acquiring it, your depriving them by acquiring it without paying for it... which is theft.

If they want to provide with free music - and I DO believe they should - it should be their choice.

The simple fact of the matter is that if artists want to make money, they have to work for it.

Recording an album isn't work? It take a lot of people's time, effort and money to record music. Go read a few blogs of musicians and studio engineers discussing the recording of music, then see if you still want to argue that it isn't work.

Seling (sic) albums is mostly of interest to big content, since they are about the only ones truly profiting from that.

THIS one I agree with you on. Artists get far too small a share of recording sales, which drive artists towards making music that will sell millions, and we wind up with 99% garbage on the airwaves. But if you were to remove Big Content from the picture, why is an artist not allowed to say what they've created is worth something?

Th arrival of the web has shaken up the industry, and has pretty much taken out the need for the middle man (big content). What you are arguing for is that a law that was created to promote the arts and sciences is turned into a law that serves but one purpose: to sustain the outdated and failing business model of big content - no matter how many freedoms we have to give up to do so.

Sorry, no, that wasn't what I was arguing, and I am sorry if it came off that way. I think that by a combination of copyright law (the original, not the mangled mess it's become) and licenses like the Creative Commons, we get a climate both healthy for the artist AND the public, and Big Content loses their control.

I'm saying we need a system where everybody (except big content) wins.

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