This is probably the most comprehensive blog post I’ve read on the topic of consumer ethics on the internet. So how does this relate to photography and why am I “re-blogging” this post from the author (via WordPress’ re-blogging feature)? Simple, musical artists are struggling in this time of file sharing, nose-diving album sales and flat out piracy. As photographers, we are in the same boat as the musicians. Whether we are professionals or enthusiasts, images can be pirated and shared just as easy (if not easier) than songs.
Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.
My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…
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