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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"Wouldn't it be nice if your favorite artist had time to come play a show in your city, instead of being busy attaching cover pages to his TPS reports?

They could, you know, earn money by playing gigs. It's a very recent construct that artists ought to be insanely crazy rich, instead of just rich enough to get by. Most artists of yore - those without rich middle-class or nobility patrons - had to live like the common folk. Why should that be any different now?

Firstly, I'm not for the insanely, crazy rich either. But I think it would be nice if a musician could make a living comparable with a middle-class job. If an artist can do that by gigging alone, awesome. But it should be there call to determine that it is and provide you with free recordings accordingly.

Also keep in mind you're talking about a time where recordings didn't exist. If there's no money fueling the infrastructure around recording (studios, recording equipment, etc.), the means to produce recordings will dry up.

Heck, besides a small selection of musicians and actors, MOST artists today have to work very hard to get by - you know, like everyone else. Again - why should we enact laws just to protect the rich few musicians and actors?

It's the little guys I'm wanting to protect. Small artists often have to get revenue from many different sources to get by. Instead of stealing from the crazy rich artists, why don't we help support the little guys instead by giving them a few nickels and dimes for their efforts?

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