Arts, Inc: how the DMCA, Clear Channel and copyright extension are killing culture


14 Responses to “Arts, Inc: how the DMCA, Clear Channel and copyright extension are killing culture”

  1. dansinch says:

    #1- Everything doesn’t have to be free in order to promote culture.

    The problem isn’t that people are selling art or wanting to protect their rights. It’s that companies like Clear Channel are controlling major distribution systems and using them in ways that benefit very few people.

  2. matthewijenkins says:

    as an artist, this book sounds depressing. is there anything in the book that we artists should know or is it just a long rant about how bad life is?

  3. Michiel says:

    #8 Sure, but why would not not be a good time for more drastic change? I see it happening already: copyrighted content was being hijacked so much that more flexible content creators picked up on this mechanism and adapted to it. This is what the focus should be on, not the old failing mechanisms. It’s a drastic change.

    The book is called arts, inc. I haven’t read it, of course, but since when is arts something you can define and thus undermine?

    I seem to find that art springs from change, from shifts in perception. So, the process described in the book will create more art. Different art. Perhaps so different that we won’t be able to realize it’s art until our children tell us it is.

    Only that which springs from the process you describe, slow evolution, can be undermined. But perhaps that isn’t the actual art. If that is only a shallow evolution of the origins, is it worth worrying about?

  4. cynon says:

    Um… the DCMA was signed into law by… Bill Clinton….

  5. Ugly Canuck says:

    Observe what happened to the High Culture of the Renaissance when the Spaniards invaded Italy and instituted the Counter-Reformation.. it took Centuries before that level was again approached.
    American “Culture” is like mass-produced process cheese and it can’t go stale, but they haven’t changed the taste since 1978….
    From 1945 to 1975 the culture was changing very very fast and then came the “Counter-Reformation” of the Reagan years, continuing on today, with many of the very same “Actors” in prominent “roles”…and the Culture seems to have stopped moving except backwards.

  6. Church says:

    @#3: Exactly. A Founders’ Copyright (14 year expiration) is much more amenable to cultural progress than a CC-NoDerivs.

  7. Michiel says:

    Won’t the destruction of a culture not just create a different culture? Go with the flow, create your own world instead of clinging on to the last one.

  8. ployntabs says:

    One art please!

  9. RevEng says:

    #7, I think the problem is that culture doesn’t tend to be created out of nowhere, it is slowly morphed over time as each person adds something to the already prevelant culture. We see this in literature, music, visual arts, and especially fashion. Anything which limits our ability to create something new from something old imposes a barrier to that change. It leaves us stuck with either making no changes or making drastic changes, and drastic changes are very difficult to make. In essence, it encourages things to stay the same, limiting the ability of others to add their creativity into the mix.

  10. RevEng says:

    #5, I think that was the author’s point. He was there when Clinton imposed the DMCA; he saw first-hand its devastating effects. The fact that he was chairman of the NEA during Clinton’s administration doesn’t imply that he was a supporter of Clinton or that he agreed with the DMCA.

  11. woid says:

    So Janet Jackson’s breast is subject to Fair Use?

  12. manicbassman says:

    so where’s the free downloadable CC copy then???

  13. Tenn says:

    Copyright is okay, copyright extending decades beyond the life of the copyrighter is not. Just because it’s not CC doesn’t mean it’s hypocritical.

  14. sprockety says:

    There is an interview with Bill Ivey about “Arts Inc.” at:

    The first half of the podcast is the Ivey interview.

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