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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Record companies pay their artists. Poorly, but they do. Next argument.

Poorly indeed. AFAIK artists only get about 1% of the money their records actually produce, and when the artists sign a contract with such a company the contract usually even has a clause stating that the copyright doesn't belong to the artist anymore.

Call me idealist, but IMHO that's also a form of stealing.

EDIT: Forgot to mention the rather recent case where the company actually didn't day the artists and just used their works to pound money.. You know, the case which just recently went through court and they had to shell out over 5 million dollars. How does that make you feel?

I like everything you said here. In fact, recalling what I've seen of album sales breakdowns, 1% may actually be generous. Maybe somewhat better when it comes to digital distribution, where artists get slightly more of the pie. Sad when Apple are the relative good guys, isn't it.

But not paying for artist's recordings means that instead of 1%, they get 0%. If you want to call yourself an idealist, fight for a ideal where the artists get more, Big Content less (or none), and with us possibly paying even less.

And yeah, I was outraged over artists treatment in that lawsuit, which sadly was done by my own country's music industry, and was actually 50 million! But if you're pirating an artists music, you're no better (well, okay, you're better, but still, shame on you).

Look, I'm not supporting rolling over and paying Big Content. I'm just saying our money should be finding their ways into the pockets of the musicians we love - in the best way possible for them - so they can keep on making it for us.

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