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Buying Music in the Current Market Fails to Appropriately Support Artists
Today on a small percentage of the most famous musicians are able to earn enough from selling downloads and CD's to make a secure living for themselves and their families.
The relatively long-term support that the label system once offered musicians is no longer the norm. Indeed, labels expect others, particularly artists themselves, to make these vital investments
Buying Music in the Current Market Acts Against Artists' Autonomy
When a label invests in a musician it is not necessarily investing in their music. Rather, labels wish to produce commercially oriented goods for exchange.
In all cases what labels perceived as the limits of a marketplace often compromised what and how much a musician could produce
Buying Music in the Current Market Hinders the Development and Accessibility of Culture
98% of the written culture produced between 1923 and 1942 is basically inaccessible
Patent Law: Patents are granted a term of 20 years. If it is a short term, it reduces amount of time to progress on technology. If longer, they can charge monopoly prices for longer.
Buying Music in the Current Market Reinforces a Relationship to Art, Music, Creation, and Creativity That Is Commodified Rather Than Active, Stifling Human Potential and Diminishing the Quality of Life in Our Societies
We no longer sing and play the songs of our ancestors. Instead, we purchase, listen to, play, and sing works produced by profit-centered, market oriented industries. This represents a massive and wholesale squandering of our cultural inheritances.
This threatens a mass extinction of cultural memory and traditions