Cory Doctorow: We should not forget that art and culture, same as any invention, is based on all the art and inventions which have been made before

“We should not forget that art and culture, same as any invention, is based on all the art and inventions which have been made before. No one can claim to bring up something entirely new. The songs we pay for, would not have text without society who built language, would not have certain instruments without all the people who led to their construction or certain styles, harmonics or melodies without the composers in renaissance or baroque who first brought it up. In the moment something is created, it has a debt to society. Society shares all this knowledge to the artists, so they can share their music and get donations from fans.
The problem in all this is the industry who tries to block platforms which allow artists to share and distribute their work directly. Fact is: The industry is obsolete. It must die, but it uses its money to corrupt and manipulate politics, (same as how they manipulated charts for decades) in order to prevent their necessary downfall. Once the industry is gone, there is no problem anymore for the artists.”

  • Cory Doctorow

http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2012/07/cory-doctorow-music-the-internets-original-sin/

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