Thursday, July 19, 2001

Artists don't get it It's pretty sad to see people give away their own rights and deprive others at the same time. Nancy Updike writes about how movie studios, recording companies, and other distribution channels, deprive artists of the "moral" rights" to their work when they're editted, or altered. She does not understand that the notions of "moral" rights comes from thinking about ideas as property that can be owned, an idea the entertainment industry is only too happy to spread. Anything that supports an artist's "moral" right will be signed away to distributors, because in the current order of the world, distributors are more powerful than artists. The distributor will then ban parodies, reviews, and criticisms of content (the way Microsoft does under its contractual EULA) in the same way they're currently outlawing sharing.

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