[cc-community] Fundamental Socialism or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Man by Mick Hucknall
D.Berry at sussex.ac.uk
Thu Nov 23 07:54:26 EST 2006
Right. This is painful.
Mick Hucknall. Yes the one that sings in that godawful band UB40. Is
suggesting that somehow he has something useful to say about
copyright legislation (though I concede that he might know more about
it than music ;-). Now obviously, this is completely off his own
back, and, of course, he is thinking about the public good here,
certainly not the contents of his (or the corporate paymaster's)
wallets. It also has absolutely nothing to do with a desperate
attempt to influence Government policy in lieu of the Gower's report.
Please try not to laugh too much at the self-serving corporate-drone
speak that Mick apparently 'wrote' - (note to Mick: usually 'writing'
stuff means, you know, like saying what you think rather than signing
the bottom of a corporate press release about 'new musical
entrepreneurs' - whatever they are).
Also, check out the comical definition of 'socialism' that Mick
introduces here. Presumably under this logic privatisation of the
health service, schools and the police would all be 'fundamental
Q. How would I define a form of property that anyone can create out
of nothing? A. Well, perhaps capitalist might be a good start. I may
be wrong here, but I was under the impression that Socialists were
*against* property rights?
I tell you, it really has come to something when corporations start
banging the *socialist* drum to try to defend their interests! I hope
that Labour won't be dumb enough to fall for it (don't hold your
Copyright does not restrict the flow of ideas; it promotes it, and
boosts the knowledge economy
Thursday November 23, 2006
Copyright is fundamentally socialist - it is radical and
redistributive, subversive even. How else would you describe a form
of property that anyone can create out of nothing? Copyright's
democratising effect is seen most clearly in the music business.
Anyone who can speak, sing, rap or hum and operate a simple sound
recorder can create a copyright song. Imagination is the only limit.
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