ASCAP Continues Its Attack On Lessig; Free Culture

from the but-why? dept

We were already quite surprised when ASCAP set up a private lunch to come up with ways to "counter" the viewpoints of folks like Larry Lessig and various "free culture" supporters. After all, songwriters who have been embracing those concepts are making more money because of it. The problem, of course, is that those means often don't send that money through ASCAP. Still, as an organization that claims it represents the interests of songwriters, you would think they'd be thrilled to have songwriters make more money. Instead, it appears they would like to have songwriters make less money, and to attack Larry Lessig in the process.

Their latest move was to send out an email to members with links to various articles and commentaries that try to undermine Lessig's ideas. It's basically ASCAP propaganda. I guess they're afraid that songwriters might discover that they don't actually have to be beholden to ASCAP to make money.

Filed Under: copyright, culture, larry lessig, remix
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    Mike (profile), 15 Feb 2009 @ 9:19pm

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    In contrast, the "free culture" discussion is not one of economics, but of law. ASCAP advocates a coypyright regime of one scope, and those associated with "free culture" advocate a copyright regime of a different scope. The two groups are engaged in an ongoing discussion of what should be the scope of copyright law. Yes, business models may be different to some degree depending upon the scope of copyright law each side advocates, but the two sides are in agreement that copyright law does serve to promote progress in science.

    Odd. I don't see how you could possibly argue in either direction for a legal change without understanding the economic underpinnings of copyright. Otherwise how could you POSSIBLY claim that what you are doing is in the best interests of the artists.

    My complaint with ASCAP stands. It is supposed to serve the interests of songwriters, and it is most clearly not doing so.

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