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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Music Industry Asking for Donations to Fight “Copyleft”

Music Industry Asking for Donations to Fight “Copyleft”

Music Industry Asking for Donations to Fight “Copyleft”

Added: Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has asked its members to donate for fighting outfits like EFF, Creative Commons and Public Knowledge over “an attempt to undermine copyright”.


According to one of the ASCAP members, the organization has sent out a letter requesting its members to donate a small amount of money for fighting the outfits standing up for free culture movement. The letter says that today the industry is facing the biggest challenge ever, with supporters of free culture and technology firms mobilizing to promote “Copyleft”. ASCAP accuses those companies of claiming themselves advocates of consumers’ rights and refusing to pay for the copyrighted music.

ASCAP is calling for help because it’s afraid of its opponents influencing Congress on the issue. In order to fight that, the organization urges members to send them about $5 each to create ALFA (the Legislative Fund for the Arts).

There are a few things remaining unclear in this request, but the strangest one is that why the industry decided to fight Creative Commons. So far it has always been just a license that musicians can voluntarily adopt to distribute their works. They actually have only two more ways to do that: either to copyright the tracks or share them in the public domain. It has been Creative Commons standing in the middle of the road of copyright, enabling the copyright owners to tell public clearly what kind of things they can and cannot do with their works. Simply said, it is just an option for performers, which makes any attack on it an attack on the right to choose freely the distribution channel.

In fact, a half of the consumers is reported to feel that the option of free music distribution is just a good form of marketing. In addition, the majority believes that the current version of copyright is very outdated and needs changes.

In case ASCAP succeeds in somehow making Creative Commons illegal, it would only mean that the artists’ choice on marketing would narrow from 3 ways (copyright, public domain or creative commons) to only the first two. An effort to close down Creative Commons can be considered an effort to place censorship on creators.

That’s quite interesting how ASCAP would explain the reason to include Creative Commons in the list of artists’ enemies since it has always been helping them to promote their music.

June 29th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-29 17:48:51)
iwillkillall avataras a bonafide producer of dance music my viewpoint is that any music which i have released and is on any torrent sites is simply free advertising for my so called "brand name"...when artists and musicians get a fanbase, they get income from gigs and cd sales...( itunes pay artists as little as 8p per track)....net income unless your a superstar is absolutly zero...i wish that all these legasltive bodies that regulate and control music AND films understand that the NET and torrent sites is the best way to inform, enthuse and enhance thier so called "market demographic"...if they suddenely think that if they can get all these royalty payments from pirate downloads, then they are wrong, cause people will go back to sharing cd's and dvd's...remember the good old days..!!...back to the article ...ascap has got a cheek.....members pay for membership...although 5 dollars seems a pittance....most ascap members are snobs though..upper middle class, university educated.......most will probably donate more than 5 dollars...ascap is the enemy..booo...and i wonder how many ascap memers run pirated software within thier studios ??...quite a few i bet........great article sam..

posted by Blocked (2010-07-02 04:50:01)
menahunie avatarHey I wanna make a donation; wait I have to wipe first and then tape the box shut. Theeeerrreee you go, just put a stamp on it and mailed it to them my donation..

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