GearAndGuitars 27th April 2013 06:01 PM
Creators need Copyright Protection - Neil Portnow
So let’s agree that certain principles should be the foundation of any update of the Copyright Act: Creators should receive fair compensation for their work when it is exploited.
Too often we’ve heard that new and old businesses should be allowed to use creators’ works at a below-market (or zero) royalty rate to protect a flawed business model. Creators want to be partners with distributors, but they should never be forced to subsidize those businesses. A right is meaningless without reasonable enforcement.
Without effective enforcement, copyrights will have little value. If creators are to benefit from the fruit of their labor, they must have confidence that their work will be protected in the constantly evolving digital marketplace. Freedom of expression depends on copyright.
Copyright gives individual creators the freedom to choose how they express themselves. With copyright, writers and artists can decide how and when to use their work. They can freely give their work to the public, to a cause they believe in, or they can try to earn a living from it. Consent is a critical part of the creator’s freedom.
Neil Portnow is the President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.