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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I happen to think that copyright for original works of art makes a hell of a lot of sense.

No one said anything different. Copyright has its uses.

Fundamentally, if you derive benefit (pleasure) from something to the extent that you're prepared to seek it out, then that "something" has value, and the person who's laboured to create it deserves compensation.

Nobody's arguing that. But should they be compensated until the end of time for a single piece of work? Should future "artists" be deprived from building on the previous generations' work (copyright terms so long nothing ever goes into the public domain)? Should a single piece of "art" be enough for a person to live on for the rest of their life, and possibly down through three generations of their family?

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