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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artists is also workers
by fran on Mon 31st Jan 2011 18:28 UTC
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Artist is workers. Many times very had workers.
Society place value in those things that keep our minds pleasantly occupied and entertain us and there will always be market for it.

I don't know what to make of this article.
I know professional musicians who's record sales make up a substantial part of their income. These are mostly artists who is self publishing, selling their cd's from the car booths on between performance breaks on stage.
They also use there cd's as a sort of business card with there contact details ect to book performances.
They are just normal people trying to make a living. Mastering an instrument, recording,mixing,publishing ect. while keeping an 9-5 job while marketing yourself, getting and honouring bookings ect. is difficult. Making money from live performances is also very cyclic and precarious.

Before we can change the copyright system the general ills of the current economic system should be adressed first so that there is a social safety net for people, ,where food, lodging and energy ect. is not so expensive and arts, innovation and self realisation can flourish.

I know you advocate a noble cause, but the problem is part of much wider indemic economic failure in which you have to play the game in order to survive.
The biggest challenge is to abolish or improve the fractional reserve system of banks, the monetary reserve system not tied to actual gross domestic product, the expense of energy and resistance to new technologies of lobby groups and cartels together with the phenomena of patent momentum making it almost impossible for anyone a bit late to catch up.

In short we should keep the generalisation of "artist" out of the anti copyright lobby equation until we solve other more serious problems of society.

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