It’s not just that copyright cartels are being sidelined, the entire culture has changed. Copying and mutating IS the culture now. Mind you, it probably always was. The 20th century was probably an aberration.
So, I was listening to a music artist speaking on talkback radio a couple of weeks back. Maybe it was John Perry Barlow, who knows, but the thing he said struck me powerfully. I’m going paraphrase….
"I happened to live through an anomaly — a period where you could get rich, become a millionaire, by being a musician. You used to tour to promote your record, and you made money by selling records. Now you get your music out on the internet and you make money by playing music to people — which is pretty much the way it was always done, y’know, before the anomaly. And — and, this is the best thing to happen to creativity in music in forever. People are making and sharing and listening and remaking music because they love music. They can get paid. Maybe they won’t get rich now, but the conditions of entry have changed for sure: you have to love music to really want to make music now.”
If anyone can tell me who that was (774 ABC Radio or RRR Melbourne peeps), lemme know.
“I am troubled by the devaluing of the word ‘design’. I find myself now being somewhat embarrassed to be called a designer. In fact I prefer the German term, Gestalt-Ingenieur. Apple and Vitsoe are relatively lone voices treating the discipline of design seriously in all corners of their businesses. They understand that design is not simply an adjective to place in front of a product’s name to somehow artificially enhance its value. Ever fewer people appear to understand that design is a serious profession; and for our future welfare we need more companies to take that profession seriously.”—Dieter Rams