Intellectual Property


On Monday, David Lowery, a musician whose work I’ve often enjoyed, and whose tirades about the music industry I’ve often chided, wrote a scathing rebuttal to NPR intern Emily White’s blog post about how much music she had in her collection that she didn’t pay for. Lowery’s article quickly grew legs, particularly in the music business circles I frequent, and has become a major point of debate over the last...

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[This post originally appeared in the Tiny Jetpack email list, February 28, 2012. I've taken to sending posts that way first, every now and then. If you'd like to get signed up, clickety click here. I promise not to spam.] I’ll be the first to tell any musician that the music always comes first. A great social media campaign will do nothing for you if the music isn’t very good (ahem, very, very, very good). You can’t...

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In case you didn’t know, copyrights are a rather confusing concept. Well, maybe confusing isn’t the right word. A great explanation of the current state of copyright, with a bit of politics mixed in. Whether you agree with the creator of this video or not, there’s no doubt that copyright law bears very little resemblance to the version set forth by the Framers. I imagine this video will spark a healthy debate, so get...

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