Here’s a little free advice to the power mad rich kids at YouTube: Always anticipate the “cocktail party conversation” between your artists. Except now the cocktail party occurs in social media. You know, “transparency.” The idea that Google is an open and transparent company is simply laughable to anyone who has actually dealt with the […]
I always say that the great thing about the Internet is that it brings people together who would otherwise might never have met. The bad news is that regardless of the Internet, the place they would likely have met is prison. Who are these people? You know–The Trolls. Often corporate backed attackers leaving pre-digested bits […]
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Once again, Lessig is trying to position himself both as a friend of artists and of copyright. He is a friend of neither. This came up in a recent speech in which Lessig takes a swipe at “artist representatives” as distinguished from “artists” who engage in a “fight” (his word) over those artists’ copyright (in the above […]
I thought some artists might enjoy reading a paper I presented in 2000 titled “Why Free Agency Matters: The Coming Changes in Record Company-Artist Relations“. This was the beginning of my artist-as-free-agent theory and philosophy. Although I’d probably change some of the reference points if I were to re-write it today, the essential idea is […]