Who Really Owns Music?By BRENT SILBY
PhilosopherUPT SchoolChristchurch, New ZealandI remember buying music CDs for around $20. At the time, it seemed quitereasonable to pay for CDs. After all, I was taking possession of a tangibleartifact--a thing that cost something to produce. I was well aware that aproportion of the CD price was being paid to the original performers andcomposers, and that didn’t bother me. The fact that some of these performersbecame multimillionaires was testimony to their skill in producing music thatsold so well. But times have changed, and I am now questioning this oldeconomic model.
Recently, video hosting website
has run into difficulties with musicpublisher
In 2006 Warner started legal proceedings against You-Tubeseeking damages of around 1.5 billion dollars. This action was taken as aconsequence of the number of music videos being posted on You-Tube. Now,the owners of You-Tube do not post the music videos themselves, but as hoststhey are directly responsible for the content being uploaded to their site. SinceYou-Tube’s inception users have uploaded tens of thousands of music videoclips. These are viewable by the public for free, and therefore publishers suchas Warner are missing out on valuable profits.
Who Really Owns Music?
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