Crosbie Fitch: To persuade a musician to make music, it is sufficient to pay them an equitable amount of money.
Yes, IP Maximalists will laugh – they are incorrigible. However, we shouldn’t waste our breath fighting Maximalists. We should be educating each other, and letting the people see that copyright is an instrument of injustice.
Just as with slavery, people need to understand that such injustice is not necessary to produce cotton for their clothes, nor food for their tables, nor must people sacrifice their liberty that musicians may make music or that storytellers may write stories. The confiscation of our liberty is necessary only for the cartel’s monopolies. To persuade a man to collect cotton, or a musician to make music, it is sufficient to pay them an equitable amount of money. See Kickstarter for a glimpse of how a musician’s fans can exchange their money for the musician’s music (without having to exploit or enforce an anachronistic and unethical 18th century monopoly).
People need to see the injustice of copyright (Richard O’Dwyer et al) and that it is necessary only to publishing corporations – not artists.
- Crosbie Fitch