On Tuesday 29 June 2010 03:18 pm, Mark Knecht wrote:
I think it's important to distinguish the importance of the continued
viability of artistic careers from the assertion that their viability must
continue in the same form it's taken for the century or so that the
recording industry has existed.
There were plenty of artists around before it became possible to perform a
song once and sell it thousands of times over on pieces of plastic.
There'll be plenty of artists still around once they've realized that
pieces of plastic are no longer necessary and an intangible copy of a
performance does not inherit the value of that performance. It's just the
industries exploiting them that'll go away, and the artists who can't adapt
will be replaced by artists who can.
Proponents of "intellectual property" call free culture proponents anti-
free-market, but it's they, not us, who are pushing for more and more
regulation. All these lopsided, DMCA-type laws, all the perpetual
copyright term extensions and treaties, they're just more and more sandbags
piled up in the face of a tsunami of market forces.
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