“Getting Dropped is the New Getting Signed”

Samuelson Clinic Fellow Jack Lerner forwarded me a colleague’s quotable message, originally posted to the lawfuluse listserv:

“On Saturday evening I went to a local music haunt [in Nashville] featuring indie pop
bands. I struck up a conversation with a local musician at the bar, who had
great familiarity with the ways in which new technology makes the middleman
role of major record labels less necessary and desirable. He told me that,
among his contemporaries, the emerging view was that ‘getting dropped is the
new getting signed’.”


There’s much to write about Grokster and thankfully much has already been written – Copyfight‘s and the INDUCE Act
blog’s coverage has been outstanding.  I’m still catching
up.  The photos alone are amazing.

The case is a unique opportunity to bring the copyfight to the general
public’s attention, and it would be unfortunate if, from the dueling
picket signs,
people got the impression that we had to choose between saving Betamax
and feeding musicians. We should and, I believe, can do both
Too often people on our side are derided as not caring about music and
musicians.  If that were the case, I wouldn’t have driven 31
hours straight, featuring one tornado warning, to go to a concert.  This case must not be looked at as a referendum on whether artists should be paid to create.