"Do artists have a right to control their creative outputs?"
Up to a point. For instance, musicians make most of their money with live shows. If they decide to record their music and sell it on a CD to make more money, that is their choice. However, they must accept the consequences of distributing intangible digital information.
If a person buys a CD, that CD and the data written upon it becomes the personal property of that person. You cannot own property conditionally. In that sense, you are suggesting that digital music cannot be owned, merely loaned. That is ludicrous and sickening.
I'm not talking about bootlegging, which is a completely different scenario. I'm talking about file-sharing. It isn't piracy. It isn't stealing. These are terms based in propaganda which are used to achieve political goals. They are no different than "terrorist".
It is SHARING. A fundamental concept taught as righteous to most all children. But it is a lie, for as adults, we must recognize that sharing is illegal. I reject that. My property is my own. Neither you nor anyone else will force me to abide by the arbitrary parameters under which you define ownership.
The distribution of replicable digital information is a fairly new thing. It creates new challenges and demands a new outlook. Record companies and movie studios will fight until the end to destroy reason and impose outdated and inefficient structure to our entertainment. Why? Because they are outdated and inefficient and on the road to ultimate destruction. They will hold on to every bit of power they can grasp before their ultimate and natural demise. Read Henry Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson" to see the full picture.
Due to the internet, the future of entertainment is in the hands of the artists themselves. The good ones will adapt to this new, exciting environment and thrive. For instance, Radiohead released their album "In Rainbows" five years ago with a "pay what you will" system on their website. Radiohead made more money on that album than with every other album they ever released combined.
File-sharing is a blessing that creates numerous benefits for artists. The greatest example is that it gives access of content to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. That in turn creates a large userbase of people sampling the content. What this sparks is the natural phenomenon of "word of mouth" advertising, which is the most effective of any type of advertising. Talented innovators will thrive in this system, expanding the culture of entertainment. Schlock-jockeys will fail.
In conclusion, you will never be able to stop us until internet freedom is destroyed. An opponent of file-sharing is an opponent of the internet, our last tool for liberty.
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