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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Get on More People's Nerves

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Get on More People's Nerves
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 02:44:19 +0000
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Artists To National Gallery Of Canada: 'Pay Us Again And Again And Again!'

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| Rose M. Welch writes in to point to the 
| latest example of entitlement culture gone 
| wrong. Apparently, two groups representing 
| artists in Canada, The Canadian Artists' 
| Representation, known as CARFAC, and the 
| Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels 
| du Quebec (RAAV), have filed a complaint 
| against the National Gallery in Canada. The 
| National Gallery already pays artists an 
| exhibition fee to display their art. But, 
| CARFAC and RAAV think that the National 
| Gallery needs to pay them multiple times 
| for the same artworks, because the Gallery 
| also uses some of the artwork it displays 
| in brochures, catalogs and other offerings.


SOCAN Wants To Charge Buskers Performance Fees

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| Remember how one collection society wanted 
| to charge a woman because she put on music 
| for her horses? Or how about the woman who 
| worked in a grocery store, who was told to 
| stop singing while stock the shelves, or 
| the store would have to pay a performance 
| fee. And, of course, we had ASCAP trying to 
| claim that ringtones were performances, and 
| mobile operators needed to pay up -- beyond 
| the license fee that was already paid on 
| the recording.
| SOCAN, up in Canada, has been no exception, 
| pushing for drastically increased rates 
| that cover new places as well. But the most 
| ridiculous may be the one sent in by a few 
| people (Jesse was the first) about how 
| SOCAN is trying to get buskers -- street 
| musicians -- to pay a performance fee if 
| they perform in SkyTrain stations in 
| Vancouver. SOCAN is claiming that 
| TransLink, the transit authority for the 
| trains in Vancouver should be paying up to 
| $40,000 in performance fees for all the 
| buskers singing in stations, and 
| TransLink's response is to pass those fees 
| on to the buskers.


Sherman Alexie â A Study in Misunderstanding

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| Piracy didnât destroy the music industry. 
| There has yet to be a study which shows 
| piracy had any more of an impact on the 
| music industry than the following: 9/11, 
| the rise of the video game as a cultural 
| phenomenon, the transition towards HDTV, 
| the rise of MySpace, or the iPod. Each of 
| these items are tied together in a way much 
| more convoluted than the music industry 
| would like to admit.
| The major labels were first through the 
| door when it came to the digital 
| transition, and they came in still fat from 
| the profits of the shift from LP and 
| cassette to compact disc. They stumbled and 
| fell, and file-sharing (often used in 
| analog settings to build an artists career) 
| became the boogie man of the digital 
| switch.



Drug-Makers Paying Off Competitors To Keep Cheap Generics Off Market

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| Republicans and their allies in the business
| community talk a good game about the virtues
| of free-market competition. But, as we've
| seen in the debate over the public option,
| that stance often goes out the window when
| corporate profits are at stake.
| And now we've got another example -- one of
| the sleaziest and most blatantly self-serving
| yet.


Pay-For-Delay Agreements Again Show How Pharma Abuses Patent Law To Harm Us All

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