If music rights are a mess, why not get rid of the mess?
Here are the Top 5 radical argument against music copyright.
1. Copyright law is designed to protect innovators and artists, and encourage innovation and art.
2. There’s more music (ie, recordings and songs) being created and distributed than ever before in history, yet most of it does not make money (or produces a loss).
3. It is highly questionable whether copyright is encouraging this huge output, or whether the absence of recording and publishing copyrights would lessen the quality of the music being created (or, even improve quality overall).
4. In the music industry, copyright law has repeatedly served to stifle technological innovation and enrich lawyers, while funnelling revenue towards a very narrow class of beneficiaries (ie, major labels, superstar artists, estates).
5. Artists have more outlets than ever to exploit non-recordings, like live performances, branding, and merchandising. In fact, many artists (like Counting Crows) are eager to position recordings for free.
Without copyright, would artists no longer have the means to create?