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June 09, 2002
Bowie on Copyright

After receiving an email from Steel69 that stated he agreed with Bowie and included the link I gave it a quick read.

Bowie has a nicely nihilistic outlook

His deal with Sony is a short-term one while he gets his label started and watches the Internet's effect on careers. "I don't even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don't think it's going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way," he said. "The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing."

"Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity," he added. "So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You'd better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that's really the only unique situation that's going to be left. It's terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn't matter if you think it's exciting or not; it's what's going to happen."

This is about like saying that no one obeys the speed limit. They don't until somebody enforces it. The fact that the Constitution creates authority for it means it will happen. It is just a little too important. All it takes is enforcement - which is not occurring today.

Update: As I think more about this, I haven't expounded enough to say what I mean. Illicit file publication (aka file "sharing" or file "trading") will never be stopped. It will be marginalized. It is a lot like the drug trade in that. Even drugs have been marginalized, but there is a dramatically important difference. Once the entertainment copyright industry gets its brain out of its behind, they can make available the "drug" that everyone wants in the first place at a price people are going to be willing to pay. Its so simple that the solution is frankly pretty boring. Not the stuff that Bowie would be cool saying...

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