Morgenthaler wrote:I am fully aware of the pains of recording artists and the diminishing of royalties and general income that the digitisation of
the industry has led to. Do I think that legislation against technology is the way forward? NO.
Do I think that putting your money where your mouth is, would be demanding more respect? Absolutely.
If Vinnie is as fed up as he wants us to believe in that interview, it makes no sense that he keeps supporting that model by
playing on recordings that are shared digitally through streaming services.
While I recognise that Neil Young had very little success with his pono project, I do hold him in the highest regard for trying
to actively do something about the quality of digital musical consumption.
An even better example is Patreon, a concept founded by Jack Conte, one of my favourite contemporary artists.
With Patreon, I get to financially back artists (I currently back 3) on an ongoing basis. I simply contribute to their everyday well-being by sending them
small amounts of money every month.
Vinnie should ask anyone who hires him how they intend to distribute their music, and then turn down the work if there will be any streaming of the product. Seriously?
And your solution is the "virtual begging bowl"? Nice. No thanks.
This is not about legislation against technology. It's about legislating BEHAVIOR. For fuck's sake, stop twisting shit around. This is about stopping Google from promoting search results that lead to pirate sites. This is about stopping YouTube from allowing and even encouraging uploading of content ILLEGALLY. This is about bringing laws up to date and getting rid of that stupid "safe harbor" bullshit that they all hide behind. It's about the USE OF TECHNOLOGY to use the supposedly "protected" property of others for your own gain without compensating those creators.
How about we make everything free, and let you pay what you want, if you so desire? Stop paying your phone bill. Stop paying your Internet provider. Why should the network cost anything? It's the content that is available on the network that you desire.
I'm so fucking fed up with people who claim to be musicians and yet just accept and even defend this crap. In-fucking-credible.