Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Jan 2011 15:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most prestigious and critically acclaimed directors in cinematographic history. He directed, among others, the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, and has won so many awards it's hard to keep track. In an interview with 99%, he touched on the subject of art and making money, and his musings are fascinating, and yet another indication that the times are changing in the content industry. "Who says artists have to make money?" Coppola wonders.
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For most of human history, slavery was commonplace, and democracy non-existent. Human "rights" is a pretty new concept too. I don't hear too many people wanting to go back to the old conventions on THOSE fronts.

I'm sorry, but the editorial part of the original post comes off as the ventings of a selfish prick. I certainly don't think of Thom as any such thing, but boy, it sure came off that way this time. There's a reason that "starving artist" is a powerful (and still accurate) cliche.

The wealthy artists that can _choose_ to be more lax about giving away their material (mostly musicians and a few writers) are the exception that mask the reality of most artists. Their reality is that copyright protection is vital for their ability to continue to produce original works. I think the "professional" artist (as opposed to performer) is a great modern development. Lets keep them.

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