The Royalty Scam

02008-03-22 | Copyright, Internet, Music | 0 comments

The Royalty Scam – New York Times
The musicians who posted their work on Bebo.com are no different from investors in a start-up enterprise. Their investment is the content provided for free while the site has no liquid assets. Now that the business has reaped huge benefits, surely they deserve a dividend.

Good article by Billy Bragg in the New York Times. Also see this blog on CNET, which carries the following quote by Nick Carr at Rough Type:

“Exploitation is exploitation, no matter how lovingly it’s wrapped in neo-hippie technobabble about virtual communities, social production, and the gift economy.”

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