Why are Internet Freedom Fighters always fighting against the Internet Freedom of Artists?

We’re always a little amazed when site like Hypebot takes up the fight for internet freedom, as long as that freedom does not include artists rights. Recently the site has confused the difference between a $20 settlement for illegal downloadingversus a $9,250 per song judgement for copyright infringement.

It seems to us, that getting off the hook for $20 per song is a pretty good deal. Should a person downloading also be found to be uploading and distributing (you know, infringing copyright) than they might want to think twice before pushing back too hard or they could end up like Joel Tenenbaum and Jammie Thomas. Both of whom were found guilty of copyright infringement by a Jury of their peers and awarded damages upheld by the courts.

It’s troubling when sites that state they are trying to help musicians are actually making arguments to support the people who exploit artists and rip them off, but not the artists themselves.

4 thoughts on “Why are Internet Freedom Fighters always fighting against the Internet Freedom of Artists?

  1. Everybody wants to be thought a hero. Everybody wants to rule the world.

    It’s a function of low caliber awareness. Their side is robust; their enemies are two dimensional cartoon characters. Until they meet them in the flesh, the objects of their scorn are figments of their own ambitions.

    Elmer Fudd hunts the Wabbit.

  2. Hi – I think I am having trouble posting my comment to this article: These kinds of tactics remind me of greenwashing, defined by Wikipedia (I know, not the most reliable source, but provides an excellent definition): Greenwashing (a compound word modeled on “whitewash”), or “green sheen”, is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s aims and policies are environmentally friendly. Whether it is to increase profits or gain political support, greenwashing may be used to manipulate popular opinion to support otherwise questionable aims. Memo to Fracking Apologists: You’re Hurting Renewables (and You’re Greenwashing, Too) (greenwash fracking at the expense of a truly sustainable future): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wenonah-hauter/memo-to-fracking-apologists_b_1890889.html Cameroon: U.S. Company Accused of Greenwashing ‘Land-Grab’ (Environment groups accuse New York-based agricultural company of going forward with plans for a 73,000-hectare palm-oil plantation despite a lack of government authorization, two court injunctions, and significant community opposition): http://allafrica.com/stories/201209060184.html Perhaps we should coin a new phrase, musicwashing, artistwashing, or similar?? MAG, ESQ

    1. nothing especially holy about workers… there is a risk that offering cheap labor or cheap sex or cheap anything for short term gain can distort the society badly… chicago postal workers made mail a fiction in Chicago Rogers Park, wiped out a GM plant in California, and you know about the waterfront… my comment was that recorded music costs way way too much and the live shows? that’s unreachable.

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