Want an extra dollop of irony with your Sunday brunch?
Here’s an article by Ted Nugent, in which he laments intellectual property theft.
I didn’t need anyone to explain to me whether selling or giving away other people’s products without their permission was the right thing to do. Common sense is alive and well in America if you’re not stoned, drunk, greedy or just plain stupid. To think that anyone could even argue that Napster has the right to give away an artist’s product is ridiculous.
There is no reason for allowing intellectual property to enrich lives without payment to the artist or business team. I’m just an ol’ guitar player, but surely what is fair is fair. I’ll leave the mind-boggling technology to the experts, but if I want bread, I’m going to pay the baker.
Ah, but a musician is different from a writer, you see. A musician invests sweat, and years of intense effort in his work. Writers, on the other hand, just sit on their asses all day and make up stuff.
I wonder what Ted Nugent would think if I started selling CDs with his music on them? I mean, as long as I clarify that I didn’t actually sing that stuff myself, it’s fine, right? Someone forwarded me the MP3, and I thought it was good work, so I put it on my own CD of Shower Arias, Vol. XI., and credited the dude who sent me that file.
Yeah, I know he’s famous, and I’m not. A few thousand people know that I’m the guy who wrote that essay. A few million people know that he’s the dude who sang “Cat Scratch Fever”. Still, wouldn’t it be just as bad for me to include his music on my CD unasked as it is for him to include my writing in his book unasked? Or am I just being a self-important little whiner here?