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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RE: talent is a myth
by JonathanBThompson on Tue 18th Jan 2011 09:07 UTC in reply to "talent is a myth "
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To a certain extent, yes, 10,000 hours concerted effort (pardon any pun) is a prerequisite. However, I've seen many people exhibit the inability to even be able to start that 10,000 hours in a reasonable fashion because they simply are not innately able to do that readily: even 10,000 hours won't make them better than mediocre.

I find if fscking hypocritical of the self-righteous "Pirate everything" extremists like Thom Holwerda, that insist that copyright and other forms of IP and having power over that is "wrong" and "stifles" in an unfair manner, and therefore things should be pirated, and creators should have to give away all their efforts, and work towards their income in his prescribed manner. Now, there's one thing I can agree with him on: the copyright term has been made too long for its intended original purpose, which was to encourage arts and the like to benefit society after a certain time by being free to use as anyone sees fit, for the reasonable exchange of a time for the original creator to have exclusive rights to choose how it is copied/sold/whatever.

Regardless of what percentage of creators can be successful at selling and exploiting the rights to their works to make a living or even becoming rich without having to do it non-stop to make ends meet, Thom's view is wholly immoral and unconscionable, and flies in the face of long-running legal precedent. In fact, his views can absolutely limit what the public could get long-term for arts and sciences, because, frankly, not everyone can create something that's a performance art where they can perform, for health reasons, wealth reasons, or perhaps they can create, but cannot perform it as well as others. For example, how many book authors can perform their own tales and have a hope of making any money from it? How many creators of music that they compose/write really aren't great performers, or actually physically can't sing in the range it was written in, but know singers and other instrumentalists that can perform it? This sort of thing extends to other forms of IP as well.

There's a little story that demonstrates this sort of problem that Thom would impose on all others that create that he wants to have work on Thom's terms, that involves a farm, a couple animals and a farmer. It goes something like this:

Chicken: "Hey, Pig, the farmer needs breakfast, let's provide it for him!"
Pig: "Oh, really? So, he can have eggs, well, that's easy, right?"
Chicken: "Sure, and he also likes bacon, that's what he needs to have for breakfast! We both need to contribute our parts!"

Thom Holwerda with his extremist self-righteous "Artists and other creators MUST work daily on MY terms because I SAY SO!" is the dumbcluck Chicken, and all the creators, if they were to work according to Thom's terms, would be the poor Pig. It's every easy to give away something that's really no effort on your part, which is the case of Chicken, but demanding the true sacrifice of others of their livelihood on YOUR terms is, effectively, a form of slavery.

Thom, if life is remotely fair, you'd be forced to practice what you preach, by being stuck writing TPS reports (or, even better, shoveling manure for life: it's a symbolic thing) for the rest of your days to suffer from lack of enough financial support, while all consumers pirate your creations, and never contribute in any way, shape or manner to making sure someone can afford to do it beyond being purely volunteer. It's absolutely great when someone can and does just give their creations away: however, when people like Thom insist that they should or must work on terms they don't have any choice of for whatever dumba$$ moral justification (you're awfully fond of doing that, Thom) that's just replacing what you claim to be something akin to slavery by the big labels with another version of slavery, and that's pure evil. Seriously: in reference to the 10,000 hours above, very little that is created is created truly with no real meaningful investment in time/energy/resources, it's just that you're too flippin' stupid to comprehend how much it took to get to that point! Let the market decide what their time/efforts/talents are worth, let them succeed or fail on their terms, you have absolutely NO legal, moral or ethical right to demand or expect them to adhere to YOUR terms, just because you think they should.

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