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Fiercer Privilege Loses to Popular Liberty · Friday December 17, 2010 by Crosbie Fitch

  • People reclaiming their natural liberty renders ineffective the anachronistic privileges that would abridge it to effect monopolies.

When you don’t have a monopoly you have to compete in a free market, and can no longer extort.

A free market doesn’t mean you can’t sell anything, it just means you can’t sell that which people can find far cheaper elsewhere, or even make themselves for nothing. You can still sell music and other intellectual work, you just can’t sell digital copies of it any more.

If you’re a copy manufacturer or record label your business has all but ended.

If you’re a musician you’ve got to wean yourself off of the record label as your customer, and find customers who’ll pay you for your music rather your copyright (so they can sell copies of it at monopoly protected prices).

The artist must rediscover their fans, their true customers.

And please, don’t try selling your fans copies. They can make their own for nothing. You’re not in that business. Your record label was, but you’re not. You’re in the business of making and selling your music – something your fans cannot do, and look to you for.

Invite your fans to book tickets for a studio performance and recording. They don’t attend. Once the work has been done, the studio performance performed, recorded, and produced, you send them files of the digital master in FLAC format. Remember, they’re not buying copies, they’re buying the studio performance and recording thereof. They’ll make their own copies for you and their friends for nothing. It’s free distribution, promotion, etc.

Copyright is defunct. Record labels are defunct. Musicians and their fans are not. So don’t listen to the corporate lackeys who’ll try to persuade you you’re all in the same sinking boat.

Your fans are your greatest customers. Encourage them to copy and share your music. For your own sanity’s sake don’t even think of suing them for doing what comes naturally (copyright is Queen Anne’s curse upon artists and their audiences, not a blessing). Having accepted your fans as promoters, invite them to commission further work from you. That’s how people have been paid since time immemorial – for working, not for the privilege of ransoming people for their cultural liberty.



 

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