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February 16, 2005


Keith Crusher

It seems no one there actually read a CC license!

This line is the shining example: "MPA chief executive Sarah Faulder voices concern that young acts could 'give up everything for no money and irrevocably' in their keenness to be heard.".

Wait a minute - isn't that what they do when they sign a deal with a record label?

Bob Mottram

I think magnatune is great, and I only hope that other record labels adopt a similar strategy.

The big music industry boys are terrified of the fairly direct way in which tunes can be sold online, with artists getting a large share of the royalties. It means that all the music biz middle men and hangers-on become obsolete.

Nathan Jones

What a disgustingly uninformed article! And plenty of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt). (Is it designed to generate FUD, or is it simply an expression of their own FUD?)

>"which has roots in the US..."

Make it feel like a foreign invasion.

>"give up everything for no money and irrevocably"

Ignore the tru nature of CC licences.

>"If people want to give their work away they have always been able to do that."

Yes, but not in an easy and consistent way that reduces burden on creator and consumer.

The reference to Magnatune et al is unfairly linked to the "feared by some" sentence by a colon, as if to say, "Look! This new evil is already gaining ground! Obviously they chose CC unwittingly."

>"...the CC model may work in the US, but European copyright law operates for the creators as much as big business."

Two unrelated clauses in that sentence. It doesn't explain why CC is not appropriate in Europe. It also ignores the fact that US copyright law is also designed to help creators, even if European companies have not yet caught up to US companies in taking advantage of copyright for their own benefit.

The article neglects to mention that (or the author is unaware that):
- Licensing with CC is not placing work in the public domain.
- Many artists are not sitting on the verge of releasing a major hit. A good band could create interest with easy-to-distribute songs, then apply full copyright restrictions to their next "worldwide hit" if they have success.

Oh, to be able to beat some sense into the author(s) and MPA chief...

Nicolás Amado

Hi John,

There's an interesting article on AlwaysOn about copyright and music that is related to your post, it is called :

"Whistling in the Dark : The Internet and Napster have shaken up the music industry, and its old business model is dysfunctional and broken. More changes are coming."

02.17.05 @00:41
"Martin Pichinson, a former music manager who now restructures and liquidates companies (including many Silicon Valley startups), asks entertainment attorney Ken Hertz, music industry journalist Bob Lefsetz, and president of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow for an overview of the state of copyright in the music industry at a Churchill Club session called Copyright vs. Right to Copy: Intellectual Property and Artists' Rights in the World of Technology."


Thought it might be interesting to read.

Keep up the excellent work done with MagnaTune!!!

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