Music Talks Education Center: RE: The Issue of Copyright

Within the Music Talks community there are several people that are both recording artist and visual artist. I affectionately refer to these talented people as “bi-artist.” I mention this because they have the unique ability to express and create on two totally different artistic platforms. Allowing them the opportunity to generate multiple revenue streams out of each.

Now, anyone that knows me, knows that I love a person that takes a stand on life situations that they believe is wrong or unjust, regardless of what others may think about their position. All they know is how they feel, and what they must contribute to help change the situation. Right or wrong!

Leigh Harrison is such an artist. As a “bi-artist” her visual arts and musical projects provides the flexibility needed to generate multiple revenue streams.

However, on the music side of the fence, Leigh is highly concerned about piracy/copyright when it comes to getting paid for her music. As such, she has taken a personal, painful, but strong stand against music piracy/copyright. I was privileged to be included in a bulk email that she sent explaining her dissatisfaction and what she’s doing about it!

It does not matter if you agree or disagree with her actions. What’s important is that you recognize how this impacts all of us as artists and creative people. We’re all in the same boat. Further it’s how we choose to handle the the problem on an individual basis. Meaning we may, or may not do what Leigh’s doing but we should do something!

With her permission, this weeks MTEC News article is the email that I and others on her email list received, “As Is!”.

At the end of her email Leigh asked us to please forward this letter to all the other artists and musicians that we know. In that same light, I ask and encourage you to forward this newsletter to as many artists and musicians that you know! You can do so by scrolling all the way to the bottom of this email and then click on the “forward email” link. lets get others involved!

Once you’ve read the letter, please leave your comment. This is an important topic. It’s one of the reasons I continue to state that we as artists must begin to deal with these issues on our own. If we don’t, we will continue to be at the end of the line when it’s time to get PAID!

Start your comment by letting us know if you agree or disagree with Leigh’s decision and action. If you disagree with her, tell us what you think needs to be done.

We need ideas and solutions!

Note: Please keep your comments and feedback professional and constructive. Any comment found to be of an insulting nature will not be posted.

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Click Here To Read “Regarding the issue of copyright”- Leigh Harrison

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