by Mike Masnick
Mon, Apr 6th 2009 6:33am
featured artists coalition
It seems like a lot of musicians really do think of copyright as a welfare system. Recently, in the UK, there was a launch of a new lobbying group, the Featured Artists Coalition, who we had mentioned last year, when it was first announced. The group has always said that one of its goals was to get musicians to retain their copyright, so perhaps it's not surprising that the group has now come out in favor of copyright extension, but with a twist. They're saying that copyright should be extended... but that the extension should go to the musician, rather than any other copyright holder (such as a record label). So it looks like my initial fear about this group is coming true: that rather than look at innovative models, it would simply look at new protectionist schemes to benefit its members at the expense of everyone else. It's hard to come up with any fathomable explanation for extending copyright and handing it to someone else unless you truly believed that copyright is a welfare system, rather than an incentive to create.
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