if the terms are that the artist wishes to apply those existing rules then there are rules there to be applied.
just because there didn't used to be rules doesn't mean there aren't any now. it's just that in his logic
Coulton seems to assume that because there used to have been no rules (then),
actually has no baring on the fact that there are rules now.
in the past there were also no rules that a roman father was not able to kill his own son, legally.
if you apply Coultons logic, then he'd be arguing that because there were no rules then, there are
no rules now.
which he then concedes by saying, he respects copyright.
I think he's saying what a lot of Artists are saying these days. trying to say really that music is no longer valued
as a private experience worthy of paying for. That particular exchange no longer has an exchange value etc.
so because of this and because he does gigs and this is working out ok for him, then he's personally contented,
as it doesn't really effect him personally.
I wonder what he will do when concerts are experienced electronically in virtual spaces and he has to do
30 concerts a week just to get the same level of reward. people already do concerts in second life, and they
will be lucky to pull $15 for a gig, in tips.
and imho, this is the future of communications in general. There will still be concerts in the future, but those
will be more like nostalgic experiences about what it felt like, when your real body actually had to be present.