Copyright was never meant to be a welfare system for artists. It was never meant to keep paying them in retirement. It was meant to be an incentive to create.
Can Anyone Name A Programmer Still Getting Paid For Code He Wrote In 1962?
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April 21, 2014

Via Techdirt:

So, we already wrote about the RIAA's big new legal attack on Pandora over royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings. The legal issues there are complex and convoluted, involving a mix of state common law along with federal copyright law. However, the RIAA has clearly decided that it's not going to delve into the nuances there, preferring to go with totally bogus spin. This started with an opinion piece by SoundExchange's CEO, in which he claimed that it was unfair that artists from pre-1972 works weren't getting paid. And with the launch of this lawsuit, the RIAA is trotting out some artists wh...

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