The copyright literally: All copyrights reserved

Copyright Literalmente: Reservados todos los derechos de copia

Copyright (Literally: All copyrights reserved) is one of those laws based on misinformation and ignorance of those who suffer from it. Promoted under the astute slogan of protecting and guaranteeing the intellectual rights of artists and creatives, in addition to promoting the cultural growth of peoples. But is this true? All the evidence seems to indicate otherwise and a palpable example of this is the recent closure by express order of the US Government, of Lime Wire, the most widely used Web application for sharing and downloading multimedia content worldwide. The lawsuit, which had already been going on for about ten years, was led by companies such as Sony BMG, Warner Music and Emi Music and approved by the State Government. However, this is just one more case of a sabotage campaign that the great music emporiums have undertaken in order to continue with a business model that has been dying for years and that it is time to say goodbye.

But the most disappointing of all is that these large companies sustain their economy on the appropriation and exploitation of the rights of the artists, who are the ones who actually produce the works.

These affirm that piracy and the massive exchange of content is a threat to the cultural evolution of our societies, but the reality is that more than 80% of the royalties produced by a musical work remain in the pocket of record companies, leaving them to artists a little less than 15% of a work in which they should be protagonists.

Now, if that is the reality, why do you insist on continuing with such an uneven model? There are several reasons, but I will only mention two of them, one is the lack of awareness that I know we have on the subject, also fed by those who have a monopoly on the market; and another is the false hope that some musicians harbor of making money easily through art. So to contribute a little to the free dissemination of music and art in all its expressions, we are going to dedicate several articles to the topic of Copyright, how to protect them on the internet and off it, what other alternatives exist besides Copyright, what is Copyleft, what is Creatives Common, if free download is profitable, how to manage our own projects, what is an independent label, etc., etc.

Below you can read the article " Abandoning Copyright: A blessing for artists, art and society " by Joost Smiers, Professor of Political Art Sciences at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands, author of the controversial book "A world without Copyright "and Co-author of" Imagine ... a world without Copyright "