Wednesday, 2 June 2010

"How Can Creators Get a Fair Deal in the Digital World?"

As I've noted in previous articles on this topic, it's common but mistaken to assume that the "copyright fight" is between "rightsholders" and "the public", when in fact the real conflict is between the interests of creators (writers, musicians, etc.) and the public on one side, and publishers on the other.

This leads to the equally common -- including, unfortunately, among writers -- and equally mistaken assumption that advocates for readers, the public, and the creative commons are opposed to creators' ability to make a living from their work.

In fact, the same disintermediation of publishers that would serve the public would also serve the community of creators, and enable readers to pay less while writers are paid more. Meanwhile, those who are portrayed as "enemies of copyright" may be doing more than the publishers, with their war on downloaders, to call attention to the financial situation of creators.

An especially clear example of this was provided last month in the European Parliament, where Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstromm hosted a seminar on How Can Europe's Creators Get a Fair Deal in the Digital World? and the European Parliament's Working Group on Copyright heard testimony on How Do the Artists get Paid? including the division of revenues between artists/creators and publishers.

Thanks to Pirate Party staff assistant (and longtime blogger) Henrik Alexandersson for reporting on these interesting and nuanced discussions.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 20:15 ( 8:15 PM) | TrackBack (0)

Artists should get paid for their work.Your article does something for them, so great work.

Posted by: joydeep, 8 June 2010, 00:40 (12:40 AM)
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