Digital Britain Minister Insists No One Is Creative If They Don't Earn Money

from the oh-really,-now? dept

Andrew Dubber does a nice job taking Digital Britain minister Stephen Timms to task for claiming that "If people can't be paid for their creativity, they're going to stop being creative."
On the face of it, that's an incredibly stupid thing to say, and is amazingly offensive to the vast majority of people in the world who are creative amateurs.

Note: I did not say "the vast amount of creative people in the world who are amateurs", though this would also be true. Most people in the world do creative things for no money. The vast majority of music in the world is made for cultural reasons that are not economic. To suggest that the only reason to be creative is with the expectation of payment is utterly offensive.

Beyond stupidity
But it's not just stupid and offensive -- it's corrupt. It's so manifestly and obviously false that it could not possibly be the considered belief of a rational human being.

The alternative (and indeed, the only plausible conclusion) is that it's a deliberate falsehood in order to support something that is utterly indefensible when examined with any intellectual honesty.

It's the direct result of corporate lobbying, it's entirely disingenuous, and it's a bald-faced lie echoed to support the interests of powerful and moneyed multinational organisations.
He goes on to suggest that a statement like that, so revealing in how Timms views the world, should get Timms fired, as he's basically admitting that he's only there to protect corporate interests, rather than actual creativity.

Filed Under: amateurs, business models, copyright, creativity, money, music, professionals, stephen timms

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    Mike, 16 Feb 2010 @ 2:18am

    Things other than copyright!

    While Mandy deserves to be ridiculed for any attempt at imposing three strikes, which is the real issue in hand, folk do think about protecting their ideas before putting anything online, it's part of the creative process.

    Many would argue the following 'snag' list is more important to our connectivity and creativity than the copyright issue. These include;

    1) The internets naming and addressing remains a kludge,
    2) The lack of transparency in Broadband package parameters - peak hour bandwidth allocations (30kbps), quality of data transport all need to be transparent.
    3) Re-writing of UK Communications law which today is focused on preserving the telephone service and its costs into perpetuity.
    4) Cost recovery regime for ISP based on achieving a 16 fold increase in peak hour bandwidth availability, not call termination fees.
    5) An end to the anachronism of fixed and mobile - all connectivity is a cable with a radio at the end.
    6) To use the radio spectrum to increase the bit commons, not something to be sold to the highest bidder who can then ration its use as per the current plan.

    While your slagging Timms off for some poor sentence construction we are missing the chance to outline a better shopping list.

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