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Yesterday was a "lost" day for me (no stamping done) . . .  I turned on the radio, fully intending to groove my way into town to run badly needed house-hold errands . . . but, the station the radio was set to was featuring a broadcast discussing a movement by the RIAA to get a handle on piracy issues in the music industry.

I had to listen to it fully, as so much of what they were discussing pertains to anyone working for a living in the realm of creative industry.

Basically, the discussion revolved around college students, using the internet service provided by their University, to distribute, or re-sell for profit (whether legally or illegally acquired) music . . . thereby, stealing the income that rightfully belongs to the originating artist and all those legitimately/professionally connected to that artist, etc.

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say I download the latest John Mayer album into iTunes on my computer.  Then, I burn a copy of it to CD so I can play it in my car.  Is it OK for me also burn a copy and give it to a friend?  Well, no!  Why?  Because I am undermining the artist, who has the right to profit from his intellectual creation–his music.  In burning a copy and giving it away–even if I don’t sell it–I am actually undermining his ability and right to earn a profit from his music–which is HIS intellectual property, not mine.

Not all recording artists achieve the multi-million dollar status of, let’s say, for the sake of example, Madonna.  But, regardless of whether or not an artist has achieved that, the point is that piracy/illegal distribution of music, in the end, hurts everyone involved in every aspect of the industry, and ultimately and most negatively, the creative artist . . .  Excerpt, near the end of this online article:

Link: Recording Industry Association of America:

"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the creative artists lose. Musicians, singers, songwriters and producers don’t get the royalties and fees they’ve            earned. Virtually all artists (95%) depend on these fees to make a living. The artists also depend on their reputations, which are damaged by the inferior quality of pirated copies  sold to the public.

. . . As recording artist ‘Tool’ noted, ‘Basically, it’s about music — if you didn’t create it, why should you exploit it? True fans don’t rip off their artists.’  "

After listening to the radio broadcast, and finding the above article online, I found myself wanting to point out (envision me ranting in my car, like a lunatic, to basically nobody, cuz I’m all alone, listening to this, of course) how the above crosses over into all creative industries, including the one I work in:  Art Stamping and Paper Crafting.  I say "work", because yes, I WORK in this industry . . . although, truth be told, I would prolly do much better, if you calculated an hourly wage out, slingin’ burgers at a fast-food joint . . .

The point I find myself driving at, and wishing that everybody, collectively speaking, would recognize, respect, and support is:   the intellectual property rights of artists in any creative industry–no matter what that creative industry is.

It is profoundly *huge*. 

But, why is it that so many, generally speaking, do not understand the concept of intellectual property?????

  1. Well stated, Her Royal Rubberness!

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