Copyright Is Not A Welfare System For Musicians

from the please-explain dept

As the battle over copyright term extension is still going on in the UK, the Register has an interview with a former general manager of Motown, talking about how those in favor of extending the length of performance rights screwed up because they had successful musicians like Cliff Richard as the figurehead for the movement, leading people to question why a successful musician needs any more money. Instead, he points out that they should have focused on the studio musicians or less well known players where "500 quid a year to them that's a significant amount of money." Of course, that bases the entire argument on the idea that copyright is some sort of welfare program for content creators. It's not. It's very clearly laid out purpose is simply to put in place the incentives for creation of new content. The content that was created 50 years ago does not need any more incentive to be created. Yes, additional money to these musicians probably would be nice for them, but copyright isn't designed as a system to support musicians. They did this work 50 years ago. They got paid then, and they've been paid for it for 50 years, as the law stated. It was enough incentive for them back then -- and it's one of the few jobs in the world where you get paid for work you did 50 years ago. If we want to create a welfare system for musicians, that's a different discussion -- but don't try to hide a welfare system in copyright.

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    Liberty Dave, 26 Jan 2007 @ 12:17pm

    Re: what a load of nonsense

    Your reasoning and your arguments are brimming with emotion and are quite specious and incoherent.

    Sorry you feel that way.

    We are not discussing the value of a creative persons work.

    Yes, some of us are.

    We are not discussing any agreement between the artists and their audience.

    True, and I don't think I made any mention of an agreement with an artist and an audience, per se. I made mention of an agreement between two parties, that enter into an agreement, one a seller and the other a buyer.

    We are not discussing the operation of a free market economy.

    Yes, some of us are. I think this subject ties into free market economics quite well. You obviously don't agree.

    In order to participate in the discussion you need to understand what copyright is.

    Really? Where was that rule when this was posted? Sorry, I seemed to have missed the part about "You must know as much as misanthropic humanist before posting your opinions on this thread".

    You've jumped head first into a debate about a subject you clearly haven't a clue about. That is why I suggested you go away and read something about copyright in order to better offer something to the discussion.

    Study this and then see where your views lie.

    You're entitled to your opinion about my intelligence on this subject. And I don't need to read the details of copyright to have an opinion on this subject, nor does anyone else.

    I suspect that your motivations are good, that you want to see artists fairly compensated for their efforts.

    Correct, I do.

    That is noble, but you do a disservice to all when you misrepresent the essential facts and philosophies of the argument.

    What have I misrepresented?

    It is however, in my humble opinion, complete and utter bollocks.


    If it held then I would have a right to be paid for the post I have just written. If you still feel this way please let me know and I will make arrangements to invoice you.

    Once again someone has created a ridiculous comparison. You're obviously just saying this out of frustration or you just haven't read the things I've said. But I won't bother with you because...

    Kindly refrain from menstruating in your posts.

    ...that comment makes me belive you're just an idiot.

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