reply to post by mysterioustranger
But there is something a bit different about your situation.
You can comment on the situation as a creator, or member of a creators' group. Most often, copyright lawsuits seem to be for the benefit of the
If you've followed the thread you will know that I do not advocate taking your work without paying for it, but I am honestly taken aback when I get
the sense that it's not about art, expression, or the more lofty ideas of artistic endeavors.
I understand that this is (again ostensibly) a free market and the price you (or your agents) may determine, is whatever people may be willing to pay;
and if not they simply 'opt out'. But at some point it appeared to have become strictly about the money; a trend which seems to be dissipating with
the advent of the internet and the potential for open exchange (for those who just want their music heard.)
This is the never-ending debate that surfaces when it comes to the 'justice' that people seem to seek. I have always found it a little disingenuous
because most of the same people are more than happy to hear their favorite sports star, or their favorite actor/celebrity, getting millions per
I hope you never face any losses because of people distributing your work illegally, and I hope you can accept the sincerity with which most of us
recognize that you deserve to be paid your asking price, whatever that may be.
YouTube and other such entities seem to operate with some kind of sanctioning from the industry, and they are vigilant for abuse, but I think that
reported news 'events.' editorial commentary, political speech, and reporting of public information, should fall under a separate consideration since
they are not, on the face of it, works of creative art (although there may be another way of looking at it altogether... for the conspiracy theorist
I suppose it will all be worked out in time. Until then, I hope that judges are starting to perceive the public opinion (if it is correct) that
unrealized profit is not the same thing as financial 'loss.' That "Fair Use" is a doctrine which is a corollary of free speech; and that it may be
expedient to consider it otherwise, but in the end, it's about communicating with people.... not making people 'pay' to communicate their
edit on 28-3-2011 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)