Should Music be free? ~ Copyright or Copyleft : Your Opinion

Via Yesica Pineda
on Jun 23, 2010
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I am a musician, a singer/songwriter. Like many other professions the Music profession requires commitment, talent, consistency, public relations, time…basically hard work. The Music Industry makes a lot of money,  nonetheless, musicians are universally known poor. Usually struggling to make a living and usually working in other fields in order to sustain their families.

Institutions like ASCAP were created to support our music community through the right excersice of Copyright. Copyright protects your creative rights and helps you make good business use of your songs, plus giving songwriters the opportunity to develop their network through different workshops and events directed to the music industry.

I personally don’t know the  core dynamis of ASCAP, but I can say that ASCAP gave me a Scholarship some years ago so I could receive money every month to keep my songwriting going. It was very much appreciated.

Today I received a letter from ASCAP. And I would love to hear your opinions about it, so I can research into the right direction and write more keeping you posted. Thank you in advance for your comments and opinions!

NEW YORK, N.Y. 10023

On behalf of songwriters and composers everywhere, I am urging you to support ASCAP’s Legislative Fund for the Arts (ALFA).

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 is 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.

This is why your help now is vital. We fear that our opponents are influencing Congress against the interests of music creators. If their views are allowed to gain strength, music creators will find it harder and harder to make a living as traditional media shifts to online and wireless services. We all know what will happen next: the music will dry up, and the ultimate loser will be the music consumer.

We cannot afford to lose the support of our legislators either at this time or into the future. To this end, we must urge the members of Congress to support our rights.

Of course, a legislative campaign of this magnitude requires funds. We are coming to you–along with many other professional ASCAP members– to help protect your future. Of course, we understand that these are tough times for everyone. Accordingly, we are asking you to make a very small contribution to wage this battle. Our thinking is that if everyone we are approaching responds with the modest sum we are requesting, it will add up to a reasonable result. In line with this, we are requesting that you write a personal check for five dollars ($5.00) or more made out to the ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts. If your contribution is greater than $200, federal law requires that you provide the necessary information requested on the attached form. Please send any checks to ASCAP Legislative Fund for the Arts, c/o Adrian Ross, One Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Please note that corporate checks are not permissible.

You can also charge the amount to your credit card, if you prefer, by clicking on the following link:

Think of it as investing in your own future—-which is precisely what it is. We will use the funds to advance our agenda in Washington on your behalf. Please read and complete the information requested on the attached form, and say “yes” to helping us help you safeguard your rights and your future income.

Many thanks,

Paul Williams

THANK YOU ASCAP 🙂 Thank you Paul ~ blessings




About Yesica Pineda

Yesica Pineda is a time and space traveler, viajera del tiempo y el espacio. Yeye is a musician, yogini, and writer, who thinks of herself as stardust creating the Universe, and loves the feeling of positive vibrations. She is the founder of the multilingual portal for the encounter of the worlds, Namaste La Onda Natural. You can also read her work at Destino Magazines®,®, BajaTraveler2016®, and follow her column here at Elephant Journal. She is a social media lover, and as the lead producer of Namaste Conscious MultiMedia, Yeye produces Yoga Videos in Spanish for and leads live power yoga & music events at 101 Namaste SJ art district®, and every full moon you can enjoy live music, friends, and nature by the Sea of Cortez at El Ganzo in Los Cabos, where she and her husband Justin Miller present Full Moon Yoga with Planetary Moods. She is a Vipassana Meditator. Born and educated in Mexico City, she has fully lived and continue studying in Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, Colorado; and Los Cabos, Mexico. Countries she has travelled include USA, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Holland, Turkey, and New Zealand, and beautiful Islands such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico. She is a traveller of the worlds. She lives with her family and two dogs somewhere in the Universe. She believes in Love. To follow her Planetary Moods you can hear in Soundcloud at WaterWalkers or Yeyeorganicpop. Or, visit her website.


7 Responses to “Should Music be free? ~ Copyright or Copyleft : Your Opinion”

  1. mmisio says:

    Copyleft? No. Write that $5 check girl, and keep on writing beautiful melodies. Much love. m

  2. Charlotte says:

    Having just gotten home from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and being a classical musician myself, I find the idea that music should be free to be unfair and uninformed. No one gets to the level of creativity and musicianship of 95% of the people I saw on the Telluride stage without many years of serious hard work and sacrifice. Sure, they get to play music, but you don't become a master of your instrument or writing without giving up a whole lot of other things that most of us enjoy. Being a musician is work and musicians deserve to be paid for what they do just like the rest of us. It's true that there are a few that make more money than anyone needs, but they are a minute minority. The vast majority are, as you say, working other jobs in order to make ends meet. Just because musicians enjoy playing music doesn't mean they also don't need things that cost money like food and shelter.

  3. JimmyD says:

    Everyone has touched on one point, and I think it's the most valid point. If everyone can download music for free, the people who write the music will have to find other means of earning a living. The end result is that these songwriters will not have the time or energy to write music anymore and there wil be nothing to download. Unfortunately in the US anything that involves the government or legislation also involves money, lots of it. $5 is not much if you think about the potential income you can be making if you are able to protect your copyrights.

  4. yeye says:

    thank you guys 🙂 <3

  5. C. Staley says:

    Here’s another loophole for you:
    Karaoke manufacturers are now setting up shop out of the U.K. to AVOID paying songwriters, publishers and performers for their music. It seems that if a songwriter doesn’t want to negotiate a license fee for the synch or lyric reprint, they simple license it through the U.K. and then turn around and sell the product here.

    Karaoke manufacturers have admitted that:
    “In an effort to bring back more “out of print” Sound Choice titles that had been discontinued due to expired licenses or low sales, our UK branch is licensing the songs through MCPS which is easier and less expensive than U.S. publishers..”

    What a ripoff…

  6. Jeez, why is Cher finishing Cher at the Colosseum in February? I can’t make it out to Vegas until after then

  7. Chatem says:

    Can you please send me a mail. I actually like your style.