Copyright Serves Middlemen, Not Content Creators
from the as-it's-always-been dept
The original copyright law, the Statute of Anne, went into effect 300 years ago. And its purpose was not to protect content creators at all, but to protect the middlemen — the printers. Little has changed since then, but you wouldn’t know it to hear those middlemen talking about how much they’re speaking up for the interests of content creators. As our recent posts on both RIAA accounting and Hollywood accounting have shown, these “industries,” that claim to represent content creators’ interests, work pretty damn hard to screw content creators out of receiving money.
The good news, however, is that more and more people are realizing this. Copyright is not about protecting creators’ rights, but giving middlemen more power, and a recent panel discussion involving music industry insiders and lawyers suggests that at least some are coming to terms with this:
The “biggest flaw in music is not copyright, it’s business practice,” said attorney and lecturer Ben Challis. Business practices that shift rights from the author or song writer to companies are the reason that artists do not get paid, he added. A fair regime would protect artists as well as the corporate side, he added.
Copyright has “shown itself for what it truly is,” said Kienda Hoji, an entertainment lawyer and senior lecturer at the University of Westminster. It is a system that benefits those who want to make money, not the creators who deserve to, he said.
Of course, that’s been true for… well… about 300 years now. Isn’t it about time something was done about it?