[cc-community] Fundamental Socialism or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Man by Mick Hucknall
javier at candeira.com
Fri Nov 24 14:29:19 EST 2006
Top posting, because this is apropos the MickHucknallIdiocy, but not a
In Spain the rights collecting agencies (particularly the very vocal SGAE
and ACAM, which represent music authors, editors and interpreters) have big
political connections with the Socialist Party, and have been banging the
"copyright defends the little guy's interests" for quite a longtime.
In fact their favourite line is "author's rights are the artist's salary".
Their strategy has been as successful as you can imagine, so it is not
surprising that it is being taken up in other countries now.
It is also funny how Hucknall says "copyright is redistributive". True, but
not in the way he means it. In its current implementation, copyright
collection funnels money against the gradient: i.e. from the people who have
little to the people who have a lot.
For example, Spanish collecting agencies have a rather high cutoff point for
payments, so the myriad smaller acts generate money that they can't
perceive. The top-grossers get their payments fattened by those accumulated
and uncashed monies.
Water flowing uphill. Redistributive, only not so.
-- javier candeira
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