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As Musicians Complain That YouTube Doesn't Pay Enough, At Least One Musician Is
Profiting Greatly From YouTube

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| Reader Josh Austin tells us he was listening to a local radio show in Denver, 
| where the DJs were interviewing the singer, Joe Bonamassa. In the course of 
| the discussion he mentions just how valuable YouTube has been for him, 
| saying:   
|     All this digital stuff, now, it's actually really helped my audience, you 
|     know. We were playing little blues bars, and with the advent of YouTube 
|     all these college kids started coming out, because they'd check you out 
|     online, and instead of a hundred fans, there'd be thousands, and it's 
|     great! How can you complain about YouTube? It's a really good thing.     


Top Artists Strike Back at Greedy Music Labels

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| For years music industry lobbyists, headed by the RIAA, have gone after 
| illegal file-sharers - supposedly in the best interests of the artists. 
| Unexpectedly, a group of top musicians has started its very own lobby group 
| to avoid being exploited by these very same record labels, who tend to abuse 
| copyrights for their own sake.    


Australia The Latest To Look At Having Artists Paid Multiple Times For The Same

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| The only artists such a "right" helps are those who are quite successful -- 
| in other words, the ones least likely to need it. For new and upcoming 
| artists, such a resale right creates quite a bit of harm. It acts as a 
| disincentive for anyone to buy or sell their artwork, and limits the 
| likelihood of their artwork becoming well known.    
| The problem is that, thanks to the rise of the copyright lobby, people really 
| do think that "creation = permanent ownership" at this point. If you're going 
| to create a resale right for art, why not for everything else? If I build a 
| house, why shouldn't I get a percentage of the transaction every time it's 
| sold?    


They change the rules. How convenient for fat cat moguls.


Political Hypocrisy: French President Sued for Copyright Infringement

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| This may very well become the most ironic stories of 2009 in the copyright
| debate. The CBC is reporting that French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been
| sued by an independent band for copyright infringement.


Is Nicholas Sarkozy One Strike Towards Losing His Internet Connection?

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| The latest is that French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, a big supporter of
| setting up a three strikes law in France, is being accused of violating
| copyright law himself.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.

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