On 07/02/2010 10:58 AM, Paul Davis wrote:
Fair question. I think my answer is in line with your angle. Not sure
though. I may be far far away in rant land by now to make any sense ;-)
I don't think your use of copyright to sell a CD on CD baby has much
relation to the above. But if you are a member of ASCAP and I make a
copy of your work and share it then it is likely they would not be happy
about me doing so and would seek a payment in lieu or some form of
punishment. If tehy are paid they would at some point be expected to
pass on a percentage of it to you although history has proven they are
not very good at doing that for a large proportion of their supporters.
If I intended to make money by distributing the product of my creation
and a fundamental part of my work was derived from your work then it
would be reasonable to expect me to pay an upfront payment based on how
many copies I intend to sell or at a fixed price. In much the same way
that I could purchase a hammer at a hardware store and use it to make as
many wooden houses I could build or a license to distribute x amount of
units for a pre determined sum.
However making it illegal and criminal for me to copy your work and
share it with anyone I choose is effectively pissing against the wind
unless we are going to live in a society that actively monitors and
polices for such events and applies the monitoring evenly across the
board. That is a society I want no part of. A police state, with active
monitoring and enforcement by a select few that are propping up a
fundamentally flawed economy and power structure while consuming as many
resources as required to keep the system alive even at the detriment of
the majority of the worlds population.
A system that requires complicite acceptance of the wholesale
consumption of resources and encourages the theft of the intellectual
property it detemines as controllable via legal loopholes that are
created by the same organisations that want to maintain control of the
intellectual property in the first place. A completely hypocritical
system where we end up with companies and organisations promoting
openess to destabilise their competition and in the same breath exposing
the virtues of proprietry control in order to maintian their power
structure and unfairly distributed share of the resource pool.
Because I am forced to participate in that system if I want to pay my
rent, support my family and put food on my plate does not mean that I
willingly support the erosion of fundamental rights of expression by
sycophantic organisations like ASCAP.
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