Re: paying the artists: the spike

From: Jason Joel Thompson (
Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 14:19:34 MDT

You just can't easily run
> a *life* that way if you're one of the sheep begging to be shorn.
> Damien Broderick

I am an artist. Or rather, I have made and hope to continue to make a
living in the business of creating content which I have done variously as an
actor, a director, a graphic artist, et al.

Having ekked out a megre existence as a creator of content, I suppose it
comes as no surprise that I should happen to be in favor of protection of
'works of the intellect.' I -do- (naively perhaps) find it akin to stealing
if behind my back someone should profit by making use of the fruits of my
labor... and I -do- (naively perhaps) believe that we should continue to
grant creators 'rights' over their creations. In fact (and this may be pure
heresy,) but I believe that we should go *further* in the direction of the
empowerment of the individual creator and worry *less* about a bunch of
college students who want free music. But I am, as stated, clearly biased.

Mr. Damien Broderick appears to be in a similar position.

Which points me in the direction of a query:

Are the primary advocates of intellectual property mostly artists and
content creators?

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