The only reality is the old one..and its evolving into everything for free. I think you forget about the young girl who writes a song in her kitchen,
gets it copyrighted to protect it...and some rapper hears it and samples it...giving her no credit at all...least of all any $$$ for her work.
Thats it in a nutshell. Its not so much the "suits" doing this...its "Joe and Joan Average" the everyday musician and author hoping what they created
gets played and liked and bought by a lot of people and they maybe get heard and maybe famous too.
The world is changing in that regard. I have lawyers in New York, LA, London, The Netherlands, and Australia-Asia for my own group (Ive never divulged
my identity or who we are, but we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Billboards Top 100 Rock and Roll Groups of all time)...but Ive always
thought that irrelevant: I just wanted to be like everyone else here: a poster.
That being said...the world now DOES have to make way for the multiple downloads, sampling and uploads and sharing because society invented it and
technology supports it...so along we go for the ride. How will it end for the average musician-songwriter? Not sure.
Can we protect our creations and videos and recordings? Frankly? Now-a-days I dont see how...But still? If we want to release anything on a large
scale across the board for around the world (and every national and international release requires copyrights)...and you cant even RELEASE anything
with any big company without one. Its an absolute must legally.
So whats this mean? The world has to change. To someplace where people can share freely, and the creators gets credit (and some money) for their
original work...before Ja Rule or someone samples it, makes a zillion off of it like Rhianna did with a few of "her" songs...which they werent, and
some now think forever that they WERE hers...and thats sad.
PS I AM a member of the RIAA (Recording Artists of America) and I take offense at the OP calling me a 'scumbag'. Every artist you know...is a member.
Beatles, Zepplin, Don and Marie...Metallica..Rod Stewart...Michael Jackson...Eminem. Scumbags?
edit on 06-10-2010 by mysterioustranger
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