Reminds me of the begging come-on I saw written on a tip jar:
"If you fear change, leave it here."

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "O'Sullivan, Brian P" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2008 3:59 PM
Subject: Re: {Disarmed} Re: [Fwd: [A-List] Law professor fires back at
song-swapping lawsuits]

Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch has an interesting perspective on this
debate in her song "Everything is Free." I believe she has described this
song as a response to Napster.


Everything is free now,
That's what they say.
Everything I ever loved,
I'm going to give it away.
Someone hit the big score.
They figured it out,
That we're gonna do it anyway,
Even if doesn't pay.

I can get a tip jar,
Gas up the car,
And try to make a little change
Down at the bar.

Or I can get a straight job,
I've done it before.
I never minded working hard,
It's who I'm working for.


Every day I wake up,
Come in a song.
But I don't need to run around,
I just stay home.

And sing a little love song,
My love, to myself.
If there's something that you want to hear,
You can sing it yourself.

'Cause everything is free now,
That what I say.
No one's got to listen to
The words in my head.
Someone hit the big score,
And I figured it out,
That we're gonna do it anyway,
Even if doesn't pay.

Brian O'Sullivan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Director of the Writing Center
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Montgomery Hall 50
18952 E. Fisher Rd.
St. Mary's City, Maryland

-----Original Message-----
From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. on behalf of Nancy Gish
Sent: Sat 11/29/2008 6:31 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: {Disarmed} Re: [Fwd: [A-List] Law professor fires back at
song-swapping lawsuits]

I think Kate is right about this.  And am I the only one who finds almost
all "singer-songwriters" deluded about their ability to write?  I wish, if
they have a voice, they would sing material written by someone who knows how
and not their own generally-dreary monotonous stuff.  They would do much
better to sing even Berlin or Porter, however dated, than most of the stuff
they imagine they can compose because they can sing.

That means they all need to be paid somehow.

I am open to the claim that the law needs reform.  So many laws do.  But the
notion that, because it is bad, music should just be free makes no sense at
all that I can see.  The only discussion that makes sense is about how to
reform the law to be fair to those who write, compose, sing, as well as
those who listen.

>>> Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> 11/29/08 3:16 PM >>>
There are many performers who don't tour much.  There are far less  concerts
today than 10 to 20 years ago.  Performers do count on sales and  royalty
checks.  And record companies are certainly not going to put out  records
free, but as I stated earlier, there are certainly solutions. I  remember
Metallica fans were really down on Lars after he went after these  small
companies for downloading their music.

In a message dated 11/29/2008 2:27:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:

Tom Gray  wrote:
> --- On Sun, 11/30/08, Carrol Cox  <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > As I said in my first  post today, Peter (for a change!) has
> > a point.
> >  Performers have always made most of their money through
> > concerts  rather
> > than records, so we're really dealing here _only_  with
> > the record
> > companies, not the  performers.
> It is relatively recently that musical performers  began to write their
songs. How would a Cole Porter or an Irving Berlin  support themselves under
your system? They only wrrote songs. They did not  perform them.

I wouldn't have the slightest idea -- but since  they're dead and gone we
don't have to worry about them.

But one  point on the current question, it occurs to me, needs to be
stated bluntly:  The interests of performers/composers/writers are _not_
the dsame as the  interests of Music corporations, and in many ways are
opposed. That is  sloppy, but the general point needs to be kept in mind.
Moreover,   musicians themselves are differ widly on these questions.

On copyright:  The old u.s. law,  copyright lasting some 56 years, was
surely  sufficient for the writer and his/her immeidate family. Extending
it to 70  years past death is simply  grotesque.


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