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2010-06-30

ASCAP declares war on free culture

Monopolising culture? Read about the newest rattle of an outdated industry that wants to claim the role of victim instead of admitting that it is colonizing its resources, ie. artists:

Zeropaid.com: "The free culture movement is abuzz today over news that ASCAP has requested their members to fight organizations like Creative Commons, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation over what it claims as an effort to undermine copyright."

Quote from the letter (1 & 2 from ASCAP: "�At this moment, we are facing our biggest challenge ever. Many forces including Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and technology companies with deep pockets are mobilizing to promote �Copyleft� in order to undermine our �Copyright.� They say they are advocates of consumer rights, but the truth in these groups simply do not want to pay for the use of our music. Their mission is to spread the word that our music should be free.�

Anyway, this bomb is looking like being good promotion for Creative Commons, EFF, ea.
:-)

More info at Zeropaid.com: scroll down to the "Who's talking about it?" section.

Via our Dutch friend Marco Raaphorst.