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Public Knowledge Comments on ASCAP Letter

Public Knowledge Comments on ASCAP Letter

Added: Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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The story of the ASCAP letter campaign continues with more new parties involved. The groups mentioned in the campaign reacted soon enough, including Public Knowledge outfit.

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First of all, so many negative responses sparked towards ASCAP from the part of the companies accused of undermining the copyright. Last week, ASCAP members were sent letters urging them to contribute to a special fund created to sponsor lobbying activities. The letters sent were saying that such outfits as Public Knowledge, Creative Commons and EFF are mobilizing to promote so called “copyleft” while undermining their copyright.


Creative Commons and the EFF were the first to voice their opinions on the situation. All of them have said that ASCAP described them very poorly in the letters. The last company named in the letter, Public Knowledge, is ready to comment on the issue as well. As the other accused organizations, Public Knowledge claims to be characterized false, as a spokesperson for the venture announced. All the organization does is advocating for health and balanced copyright and an open Internet that the copyright holders and the public can benefit from, specifically opposing the overreaching policies being suggested by huge corporate rights owners, which are destined to punish the lawful citizens using the technology and copyrighted material. So only a blind could miss the difference between defending an up-to-date approach to copyright in today’s digital century and struggling for undermining performers’ copyrighted content.

Moreover, Public Knowledge sometimes takes copyright owners-centric positions on some important copyright issues that may even put it at odds with its copyright reform friends. For instance, the organization has called for a level-playing field in performance royalty payments, and asked to change the law to make it easier for Internet music websites to license the material from music performers, causing a greater legit use of music and better compensation for musicians.

What is more interesting, Public Knowledge has always highlighted the role of the artists rights outfits like ASCAP in a digital industry, and have even praised them for maintaining such precise records of the copyright holders. Now it seems like ASCAP didn’t want to say thanks in its letter campaign.


By:
SaM
July 7th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, July 7th, 2010



Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2010-07-07 12:43:34)
menahunie avatarWHY HAS NO ONE HAS ASKED THE "Artists" what they really want and what they expect things to go in what direction?
All this killing of an ant - you and I by the Corporate Record Industry and Movie Industry with a sledge hammer is not going to work.
Why doesn't some one contact the "artists" and get their word on things?
How about the rock group Radio Head? Huh. The one's who were laughed at when they published their album on the internet for downloading and only asked for the people who downloaded the album for a "donation"? Pay what you think their music is worth?
Well in one week this group found out what they are worth from their Fans YOU AND I. TEN MILLION DOLLARS WORTH.
I bet those greedy bastards in the record industry stopped laughing and chocked on their cigar and craped bricks when they heard what happened. They now see their control slipping away like sand through their fingers.
What this technology of today has given YOU and I "Artists" the venue to go direct to our fans via THE INTERNET..
That is very very dangerous to people who are control freaks - Look at China with all their filtering demands.



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