I do not agree that ‘artists love to play the victim, subsisting on the
barren fringe of social order’. Rather I believe this is the area to
which many artists are resigned because of a failed and largely
unenforceable copyright system. Corporations are to blame in many
areas. Keeping artists poor does not make better art by the way. The
template being proposed will not rectify the main issue, which is
payment to the artist or developer for the use of their works.
In general I believe ISP and governments have no intention of fixing
the copyright dilemma for the benefit of the public or artists. Their
intent is solely derived from control of the network and profit
making. It will be interesting to see how much effect big business can
have on the state and its attempt at using the copyright argument to
control our networks. A control that is readily available through
It can be argued that networking and file sharing sites help artists
to create a profile thus advertising their works to the wider public.
In actuality the advertising alongside the artist is given more merit
than the work they may produce. The funds gained by advertising
alongside the artist, is the only business reason for these sites
apart from information gathering. Many artists or developers will
simply choose to not freely release works to the public arena when
miscellaneous advertising is the revenue base and none of this goes to
the artist. In most instances any resulting benefits to the artist are
completely negated because of our cash based society. There is no
mitigating this fact.
Exactly how much content should the artist or developer release freely
before a level of reimbursement is reached? The expectation of many is
simply not forfilled in no way because of the merit of the work. Many
formats of artwork do not lend themselves to a client-based approach
and as such there is no reimbursement for the artist in utilizing the
current or proposed system. Many established or developing arts will
simply fade away. In all respects any proposed changes should keep in
mind that the renaissance should not be hindered.
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