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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cfgr
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2009-07-18

But I think it would be nice if a musician could make a living comparable with a middle-class job.


And I think it would be nice if I could make a living comparable with a middle-class job by decorating Christmas trees. Shall we now pass a law that everyone who decorates his tree in the same way as mine has to pay me?

Some things simply aren't worth a middle-class job, or aren't worth it any more. Plenty of job types have disappeared and turned into a hobby or part-time job because people no longer consider them as valuable as they used to be. It's called progress.

That said, I do pay for the music I like, some of which I first obtained illegally. I strongly disagree with people who only pirate music so they don't have to pay for it even though they have the money to compensate the artist. By compensating the artist, you show your appreciation and encourage them to keep going - not for the money, but because they know people actually consider their creation valuable.

However, I refuse to listen to anything related to the RIAA as I think they are destroying our civilisation - just like some of those pirates are. Not because piracy is an economical issue, but because it's an emotional thing. If you spend a lot of time and effort creating something really nice and then you see a lot of people ripping it off without showing any sign of honest appreciation then common sense may get thrown out of the window. This is why the RIAA/MPAA can do the damage they do.

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