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user pays
November 17, 2009, 7:27 am
Filed under: Get Activist, passion

I was out with some friends the other night and we were having a chat about licensing – and I was being pretty vigorous about supporting copyright holders in their efforts to make sure they got paid.

My thought is basically this:

When it’s your IP that someone else is making money off, you’ll understand

from why i am not afraid to take your money, by amanda fucking palmer:


artists need to make money to eat and to continue to make art.

artists used to rely on middlemen to collect their money on their behalf, thereby rendering themselves innocent of cash-handling in the public eye.

artists will now be coming straight to you (yes YOU, you who want their music, their films, their books) for their paychecks.

please welcome them. please help them. please do not make them feel badly about asking you directly for money.

dead serious: this is the way shit is going to work from now on and it will work best if we all embrace it and don’t fight it.


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I’m leaning towards everything digital should be free and anything analogue has a bill. It’s not that artists need to survive. It’s just that we have a distorted notion of superstars getting a lot of money. I mean. How many ‘artists’ actually have a mortgage, two cars and kids in school plus a couple of weeks in Greece each year. It seems to me that it’s shit or broke which probably needs to be redressed but I’m not sure how.

Comment by Charles

My perspective is that anyone who makes unique stuff that they saw/ heard in their head is an artist- and I’d like to think that’s a lot of people with mortgages and kids ….
My point about the licensing thing is that- if someone else is making money of a piece of work created by someone else- the originator should get a cut.

…and to your observation about the superstars or broke…that’s what I like about Amanda’s post- it’s the middle men who always make the money.
….perhaps we can start to address the pay inequity for artists if we all start to pay them directly

Comment by katiechatfield

How many artists have kids and a mortgage?? If it is an ‘artist’ – truly – then demographic stereotypes are shifty and illusory

Comment by lucy

artists aren’t demographic sterotypes- they’re people

I think the point might be- why shouldn’t artists have kids and mortgages? Why shouldn’t productive, creative, innovative people producing work that people want be able to have an income that provides a sustainable lifestyle?

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