Friday, January 20, 2012
Piracy vs. Censorship-2
Today, with the Internet and the proliferation of facilities for storing, printing, and replaying music, it is between very difficult and impossible to enforce a copyright once the piece of music is available on the net. Anyone with the right equipment and software can download the piece, make copies, and sell them. The best protection the composer has is to keep the music off the Internet. Even so, an unscrupulous person can buy a copy of the music on a CD at a music store and make a copy of it. The technology of recording has developed to the state that, Internet or not, it is almost impossible to prevent pirating of music once it is available commercially in some form suitable for playing it. Whatever I can hear I can copy, print, and sell. It is impossible for any government to catch and punish or restrain music pirates. Even strong laws won't solve the problem because they're inherently unenforceable.
We need a new model for protecting and rewarding artists who create beautiful music.