Is it possible that some of the lessons of Free Software can be
applied to the current state of confusion in the music industry?
How about a GPL-like License. Few artists make a profit from CDs
due to the structure of contracts and financing within large record
companies. This has had a devastating effect on the credibility of
music generally: it is no longer a socially unnacceptable art form.
This must change. The more I read about the battle between Gnome
and KDE the more I am convinced that this kind of dynamic would
have a fantastic effect on the music scene, while at the same time
providing, just possibly, an entirely new model for the way in
which musicians earn a living, ie with "distributions" of the same
artist's material competing with each other to get the most copies
sold. The artist would then have to be creative about how this
situation is exploited, for example by playing live.
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