Can We Please End The Myth That Anyone Is Trying To Take Away 'The Right Of Musicians To Get Paid'?
from the please-please-stop-saying-that dept
So I'm having a lot of trouble with this "set of principles" that the Future of Music Coalition has released (and kindly sent over). Considering that the whole thing is supposedly based on "the right of musicians to be paid for their work," it's no surprise that the "principles" seem to miss the point by a wide margin. They all seem focused on making sure that any tax, collective licensing, voluntary licensing, whatever scheme includes the artists getting their cut.
But what it doesn't discuss is why do we need such licensing schemes at all? Why not just let musicians come up with the various business models that work. No one's trying to take away their "right to get paid." We just think that -- like everyone else -- they should earn it not by some sort of welfare/tax/licensing program, but through making use of business models where open and willing transactions are made.