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
Companies: ascap


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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2009 @ 9:40pm

    If I understand the underlying point made in this and the prior techdirt article, ASCAP is doing something wrong because it wants to present its side of the issue to counterbalance what those on the other side of the issue are presenting.

    With so many suggesting that copyright laws run counter to freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment, it does seem a bit incongrous to decry those who in exercizing their freedom of expression happen to make statements the former do not like. To me this almost like "Do as I say and not as I do."

    Mr. Lessig and others who subscribe to his views do make many though provoking points, but the same can be said of those who present opposite views.

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