Originally Posted by psalad
However, the TRUTH is there are people right here in this very thread with an attitude of ENTITLEMENT, that the world OWES them a working wage just because they create music.
Oh man, oh man, oh MAN.
This very silly point has been raised so many times in threads like these it's starting to make me furious. I've rebutted it time after time, but don't seem to be making any headway.
It's super, super simple.
If I ascribe a fee to my services - I'm entitled
to be paid that fee if someone uses those services.
I'm a drummer and I also write music for tv.
If someone asks me to play drums on their record and I quote my fee and they hire me.... I'm entitled to be paid.
If I write a piece of music for a film and I attach a fee to it's use, I'm entitled to be paid.
This is the capitalist system probably 99.9% of those posting on this forum live under.
I, and the vast majority of professionals, fully understand that if my drumming and composing stinks and no one uses it, then I am NOT entitled to make a living in music.
What is happening is that people do like music, do like software plug-ins, but don't feel motivated to pay for them when they consume.
Those people are not being prosecuted, so the epidemic has spread almost out of control.
So please tell me who is 'entitled' in the most sick and damaging way - people who charge a fee and insist on being paid for their work if it is consumed, or people who consume products that have a price, but refuse to pay for it?
Please compare professional musicians to workers at Walmart, Bank Of America, or San Farncisco City Council. You expect a wage from your work in a capitalist system, and we are now being painted as greedy individuals unless we allow music consumers to take the fruit of our labour without being paid for it.