Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Music and Copyright Related

Copyright laws are stifling art, but the public domain can save us
December 3, 2003

By Fiona Morgan

"Artists steal. It's a well-known fact. Blues musicians built upon the tradition of other blues musicians playing on the same circuit, and rock musicians built upon their music in turn, sometimes appropriating wholesale their songs and styles. Writers, it's been said, choose from a limited number of plots and write the same story over and over, just tweaking the details. Nothing is entirely original, yet artists make original work out of the culture they're immersed in. ..."