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Thread #93588   Message #1805679
Posted By: Artful Codger
09-Aug-06 - 07:04 PM
Thread Name: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sites
Subject: RE: Music Industry Goes After Guitar Tablature Sit
Er, local libraries these days have to focus on the most popular material, not that most worthy of preserving and archiving. And since most modern media (tapes and CDs) are so easily damaged and difficult to replace (things passing so quickly out of publishers' catalogs), most libraries have precious few materials available in the "folk" genre, beyond the most recent years - and even there. IMHO, libraries should be able to clone lendable copies from master copies, at no cost, so that "shelf life" no longer depends upon publishers' limited goals or one's economic resources - this already occurs, in a sense, with e-books. To ensure proper compensation, royalties could be paid by the governments, based upon numbers of downloads.

This raises one of the most pernicious problems of corporate domination over all media: people rarely seek out things they've never been exposed to, while corporations focus on what they EXCLUSIVELY control and can most easily generate momentary interest in (i.e. the newest rage). Corporations have little concern for preserving heritage, keeping authors' materials available after interest has peaked, or widening people's musical horizons. On the contrary, it is in their interest to promulgate a distaste for any artist or genre outside this narrow focus/sphere of control. They encourage a passive (consumerist) approach to music; a lack of musical talent among the populace works to their advantage, as they only need a relatively few number of performers (and a stranglehold on distribution) to supply the public's demand.

The current copyright periods are preposterous, as it is not the original authors and public who benefit, but rather greedy corporations and "estates" (leeching progeny.)