[LAU] ASCAP Assails Free-Culture, Digital-Rights Groups

Hartmut Noack zettberlin at linuxuse.de
Wed Jul 7 14:57:13 UTC 2010

Am 07.07.2010 16:21, schrieb drew Roberts:
> On Wednesday 07 July 2010 09:09:51 Hartmut Noack wrote:
>> So there should be a better system to make sure the work of artists will
>> be compensated if you want fulltime artists.
>> And such work is scarce, because you need to have people working for
>> months to get an album filled with ideas manifested in actual
>> recordings.
> First we have a word issue here. What is the meaning you are using for the
> word "work" in the phrase:
> "And such work is scarce"?

A physical manifestation of ideas. Can be a sound file, a written score, 
canvas with paint upon etc etc etc

> Works of art may be naturally scarce, but copies of works of art are not.
> Especially digital copies of them. For physical copies, the materials of
> which the copy is made may be scarce and this may cause the physical copy to
> be scarce.
> So, can we find a way to "pay" for the naturally scarce bit without trying to
> legally make the naturally abundant digital copies legally scarce?

That is, indeed the question and the problem to be solved.

> all the best,
> drew
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