[fc-uk-discuss] Bloody academics... ;-)
nleyton at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 17:39:35 GMT 2006
No matter which way the report and the government go on this critical
issue, it is important for your readers to realize that music business
executives the likes of the PPL's Fran Nevrkla, who I sat beside and
argued with on a copyright panel last year (MusicTank), and the BPI's
Peter Jamieson, do not speak on behalf of artists or even in the
interests of performing artists, as Jamieson claims. The industry -
major record companies and music publishers and their peons - have
obstinately and perversely pretended to stand up for artists' rights
and performers' rights when in fact it is their own overpaid salaries
and corporate copyrights (often misapropriated from artists under
questionable contracts) that they seek to protect from newer, valid
and progressive approaches to copyright and music on the internet. The
snipe at "academics and other 'thinkers' " clearly evokes their
totalitarianist status quo.
It is high time someone launch an anti-trust investigation on the
MCPS/PRS Alliance, PPL, and other such copyright regimes that claim to
represent all music makers. They do not. Quite frankly, songwriters,
musicians and performers need better, more transparent alternatives.
Neil Leyton (artist and indie label director)
Fading Ways Music
On 11/29/06, Crosbie Fitch <crosbie at cyberspaceengineers.org> wrote:
> "wish to see copyright downgraded if not destroyed"
> The quality of academics and thinkers these days! I don't know. ;-)
> At least the rights societies recognise their greatest threat comes not from
> the ignorance of their treasured passive consumers, but the well considered
> arguments of free culture theorists and activists.
> Why are students and intellectuals always first against the wall when
> incumbents feel threatened?
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> David Berry
> Sent: Wednesday, 29 November 2006 2:28pm
> To: UK FreeCulture Discuss List; discuss at libresociety.org
> Subject: [fc-uk-discuss] Bloody academics... ;-)
> Music business fights the 50-year rule
> Fran Nevrkla, the (insane) chief executive of rights societies the PPL and
> the VPL, said if the predictions were accurate then Mr Gowers "had got
> things very wrong".
> "I sincerely hope this government will have the moral fibre and courage to
> support talent, creativity, investment and success and will not duck this
> critical issue by conveniently hiding behind academics and other 'thinkers',
> many of whom wish to see copyright downgraded if not destroyed," he said.
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