Re: SV: Makign money as a creative (was) Napster: thoughts and

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 21:39:06 MDT

> > Here you make the claim that TV and radio would not exist at all if there
> > were truly no market in the absence of copyright. But TV thrives on
> > copyright-- otherwise they wouldn't have all those major issues with
> >
> Thats not what he's saying. The viewers pay nothing to receive the tv
> transmissions, and are also free to record any tv shows on their vcr, without
> license. Its advertisers who pay the cost of production and transmission, just
> as can be done on CDs, with ads between each song (as has already been done
> before, see Seig Seig Sputnik, dating back to 1987).

Not only that, the TV industry was built in its infancy by live
programming. The "rerun" didn't exist until the already thriving
business figured out that it could make money with it. And
commercial radio existed and thrived for many years in the U.S.
before 1909, the year copyright law was expanded to include
recorded music.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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