Copyright Serves Middlemen, Not Content Creators
from the as-it's-always-been dept
The good news, however, is that more and more people are realizing this. Copyright is not about protecting creators' rights, but giving middlemen more power, and a recent panel discussion involving music industry insiders and lawyers suggests that at least some are coming to terms with this:
The "biggest flaw in music is not copyright, it's business practice," said attorney and lecturer Ben Challis. Business practices that shift rights from the author or song writer to companies are the reason that artists do not get paid, he added. A fair regime would protect artists as well as the corporate side, he added.Of course, that's been true for... well... about 300 years now. Isn't it about time something was done about it?
Copyright has "shown itself for what it truly is," said Kienda Hoji, an entertainment lawyer and senior lecturer at the University of Westminster. It is a system that benefits those who want to make money, not the creators who deserve to, he said.