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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by nt_jerkface on Mon 31st Jan 2011 16:56 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

You can't expect all artists to live on stage revenue.

It's only the top performers that can make that kind of money.

Some artists don't have a stage presence and rely entirely on digital sales but I can see that some here would take that away from them based on some self-declared right to digital content.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:00 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Some artists don't have a stage presence and rely entirely on digital sales but I can see that some here would take that away from them based on some self-declared right to digital content.


I happen to pay for all my music. Not digital though - I buy CDs. At my local professional record store (not some crappy chain store).

Your thesis is provably wrong, though. Thanks to the internet, we've seen an absolute splurge of new artists come up that otherwise would've never made it. Thanks to the internet, I get to enjoy music record labels deemed unmarketable, like Shirley Manson's noir solo work.

These new artists used the internet properly and rose to prominence despite copyright law, not because of it.

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by Cymro on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:19 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

Where's the pay off for an artist if they make no money for their first 3 albums and then when they reach prominence, people pay them nothing for their previous work. Work that could've come out as recently as 2003.

Good news for the likes of Simon Cowell and their gravy trains, who already measure artists' careers in months rather than years. They can get some baby-faced muppet to sing a schlock version of your work, or mix it into an R&B tune and pay you nothing for it.

They get rich off fickle teen's pocket money, while you get to play a slightly bigger venue in Milton Keynes. Everyone's a winner, ahem.

Edited 2011-01-31 17:21 UTC

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by Soulbender on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:04 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I guess they can always get another job to support their hobby. There are many professions throughout history that has come and gone. Some has been very well paid during some periods just to disappear when humanity moved along and new technology replaced old. If people are not interested in paying so much for the artists work as they used to then the artists will have to come up with some other way of supporting themselves. Tough bananas but making a good living from your hobby is a privilege, not a right.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:08 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I guess they can always get another job to support their hobby. There are many professions throughout history that has come and gone. Some has been very well paid during some periods just to disappear when humanity moved along and new technology replaced old. If people are not interested in paying so much for the artists work as they used to then the artists will have to come up with some other way of supporting themselves. Tough bananas but making a good living from your hobby is a privilege, not a right.


Spot-on. What about whenever you buy a digital camera, order digital prints, or browse Flickr, you have to pay a tax to support the fledgling film-photo industry. Everyone would think we'd gone raving mad - yet that is exactly what we're doing for the content industry.

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by phoenix on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Exactly. And that's what TFA was all about. ;)

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