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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Matt Giacomini
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2005-07-06

If she can't charge more for her originals or get commissions, maybe she shouldn't be making money from her paintings.


Are you saying that because my mom needs some form of copyright to make money off her paintings that it is not worth it for her to try to sell paintings?

I'm not saying she's bad, but I am saying she doesn't command the demand that makes doing it for a living make sense.


If so then from a philosophical point of view you are suggesting that since people can't freely copy my moms work (as their own), that the world would be better off if she never produced art in the first place? She wouldn't paint otherwise, she would get a second job.

I personally hate many aspects of copyright law, or should I say I hate many of the contexts that copyright law is applied in, but I think there is a place for copyright, a middle ground so to say. I wish the laws could be fixed, not done away with.

I'm not saying she's bad, but I am saying she doesn't command the demand that makes doing it for a living make sense.


Most people who are against copyright are against the way that big businesses use copyright to keep out the small and upcoming. As you suggest with your comment above, not having copyright in this context would keep out the small and only support the large.

Sounds like you are against copyright in any form, and believe they produce now value to society in any context?

As I said above there are many cases where I think copyright does enforce the monopoly and hurt the small (software for example), again I don't think that applies to all of the contexts in which copyright is used.

"She does it, she wants money, therefore she deserves money for it." Doesn't hold water.


I never said that, don't put words in my mouth.

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