solution to musicians getting paid for intellectual property and compositions

15 11 2012

our music industry has quickly become a mockery of all things decent and of the business world. For centuries the world of music , concert goers, record industry depend on musical compositions to be enjoyed by all. until recent years, it was understood that composers were paid for their creations.It is after all essential to have musical works composed so they can be enjoyed as well as exploited by any group, organization etc.. for commercial use… in other words , without the creators , there is no creation. We have over the years received payment via our organizations such as ASCAP, SOCAN etc in royalty payment structures when our music was performed or used in commercial situations.

Since the internet has taken over our lives and taken us forward in the 21st century, the record companies no longer have the control of selling and paying composers via the established structures. folks download our works for free and everyone thinks it is ok..well, we are understanding that it is not ok. Who is to blame? Who is the bad guy now? well, this is an interesting question. The paradigm has shifted drastically and in a way that most of us had not clearly understood …that is until now.

It is the search engines that are making the big bucks today from advertising. Google makes $ 3 billion per month and shares NONE of it . folks who download news, music , etc… do not get paid for the content. This is hardly a fair business model . Google has figured it out .They have very smart in monetizing and creating a workable business model . However, it is hardly fair game that newspapers provide news, magazines provide stories , musicians provide music all at their own cost , get no compensation while Google and other search engines supply the consumer THIS content for free .It is not a problem to supply it for free but it is not theirs to supply it for free.

Google and all other search engines need to pay for the content .After all, they are making billions of dollars in revenue by selling advertising  by supplying our work . France has already figured this out and others hopefully will follow . Governments should study this and we should put in place new structures which will allow for all business to thrive ..not just search engines. The internet is a wonderful thing and it is developing in fantastic ways.The world has changed.We need to change with it.

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