[LINK] Is copyright dead? [WAS: Special Report: The Future Of File Sharing]

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Fri Jun 5 21:56:35 EST 2009

On 2009/Jun/05, at 7:10 AM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:

> Craig Sanders wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 11:41:06AM +1000, David Boxall wrote:
>>> In an age in which use of content involves copying it to whatever  
>>> device
>>> it is to be used on at the moment, does copyright have a place? If  
>>> not,
>>> what will replace it to ensure that creators of content earn a
>>> reasonable income from their endeavours?
>> ummm....who cares? the world does not owe them a living.
> Whereas, of course, the musician owes the world their outputs for  
> free.

The issue isn't about that.  Musicians have always been paid for  
performing, or not.  Many musicians are selling their music over the  
internet directly right now.  So are many writers.

This is about publishing and distribution which have changed  
drastically due to computers and the internet.  They're not really  
needed any more, or not the same way.  The "music industry" and not,  
in most cases musicians, made a lot of money selling vinyl and then  
selling CDs to replace the vinyl. It was a gold-mine.  One they'd like  
to keep repeating and repeating with each new change of medium.  They  
have a huge store of old music they think is worth a motza ...  
somehow, only people aren't buying CDs as much anymore.  The movie  
industry would like to do the same with blu-ray, HD, etc.  Replace  
your whole movie collection only better, with DVD, then blu-ray,  
then .....

singer Courtney Love answers the charge of piracy by saying: "What is  
piracy? Piracy is the act of stealing an artist's work without any  
intention of paying for it. I'm not talking about Napster-type  
software. I'm talking about major label recording contracts."

> RC
>> if they can't adapt to the changing world, then they can go the way  
>> of
>> court jesters or astrologers or even blacksmiths or hansom cab  
>> drivers -
>> speciality/luxury niche markets.
>> our rights should not be sacrificed just to sustain an obsolete  
>> business
>> model.
>> craig
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