[ExI] 'Copyright' (Was: Re: to my fellow renaissance life forms)

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 17:06:57 UTC 2021

On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 12:32 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> OK cool so what if… we transition to a time when anything that can be
> digitized is free to anyone who will download it,

OK, but that's not inevitable. If it does happen, we can find another way
to fund content creation. Worst case scenario: government funding via an
Internet tax.

> radio transitions to karaoke,

What's radio? Why would anyone run a radio station when they can broadcast
for free around the world from their cell phone?

> musicians and authors work alone generally, actors work mostly alone. So
> we find ways to make the process much simpler and cheaper.  Making a film
> and an audio track is still a lotta work, for which they either don’t get
> paid at all or if so not much.

People don't want cheap-to-produce content, they want high quality content
that's cheap to consume. Watching a $500 million movie in a theater on a
giant screen with high-end audio for $15 qualifies. Paying $10/mo to stream
all the music you want qualifies. Watching shitty, amateur movies on
youtube doesn't. Listening to karaoke doesn't.

OK then, sure.  We end up with digital content created mostly by people who
> find themselves in fortunate circumstances and are willing to donate their
> time and effort to the arts, while their less fortunate potential
> competitors sweat at a 9 to 5.  Well, think about it: the real world is
> already that way.  Old novels were generally written by the gentry and
> noble classes.  The poor were too busy trying to survive.

Rich people aren't necessarily good artists. If digital content can't be
protected, the arts will move to non-digitizable media. Live music, live
theater, etc. And digizations of them may be used for marketing them. Which
is pretty close to where we are now.

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