speakers were Colin Firth, music journalist and judge Mercury award, and Debi Gliori, children’s author
Question: Does copyright do more
harm than good to creativity?
of the tension between the copyright owner
and the use of copyright, and he said
that the owners are anxious. The Publishers are suffering too and see copyright as essential for creativity.
Industry. Digital media makes copyright unnecessary
as author can go direct now to the audience and therefore no longer need retail
distribution. However publishers have quality control and there are also the
curators who create the audience. There is more music than ever but much is not
digital distribution is not ‘free’. There is little infrastructure now to
support new artists. One in ten in the record industry make money - supported
by the control of copyright and what of
those making money, such as the giants iTunes or Amazon and their not paying tax
and giving nothing back? And is music downloading simply publicity for live performing?
Writers. Debi Gliori spoke of her situation as a children’s author and loosing
money these days due to piracy.
She said she believed that the author's copyright should stand for the first
twelve months past publication and after this there could then be free access
so the author still made money from their work. She thought that education was
the key thing.
She said that
the loss of control of copyright meant
these forces were ‘stealing the author’s futures’ and that the industry was
turning itself inside out.
of artists ‘drawing from the realm of ideas’ and that it is what you did with
your ideas that matters.
And what of
Academic Papers which are a valuable research tool and require open
access? The creative arts require the
free expression and transmission of ideas.
The US has stronger
copyright Laws, which are mostly driven by the motion
picture industry. Meanwhile
the pirates make their millions and there seems not enough protection for the artists.
There also needs
to be a balance between the need for the survival of even the big book
Someone said that they looked up Amazon for
details on books and then purchased their books at their local bookshop.
consumers we have a choice. Do we want faceless superstores or the personal
smaller store who care about their product? Amazon and iTunes are convenient –
but these businesses can be too big and we need to adjust models.
The VOTE went for copyright being good for creativity, after all artists do need to eat! I believe that it is vitally important that societies and those in power (as royalty used to do) should value the creative arts.
On the other hand.....my views.
This was an interesting and
informed debate. There is also the question of the US now setting
Copyright Laws to such lengthy time periods it can hinder the creativity of new
artists. That is, it becomes more profitable to recycle old music than encourage
new music, and the Labels can rely too heavily on their back catalogues.
And the enforcement of copyright
for example would have prevented the use of the well used ‘Amen Break’ drum beat, which has
led to a great deal of creativity in music.
It seems like we need new models around how we view the need for artist's copyright ownership in our digital age - both protection and the freedoms to create.