Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past month, you know about NPR intern Emily White’s incendiary blog post and the rousing conversation it has sparked regarding the value of recorded music in the digital age. In her post. White claims to have “only bought 15 CDs in [her] lifetime. Yet, [her] entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs.” This prompted a rebuke from David Lowery (of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven fame), who pleads with the 20-year-old White: “On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation. Except for one thing. Artist rights.”
As with all gray area-issues, there is no absolute right or wrong regarding what recorded music is worth in 2012. But the outpouring of opinions—from brazen music industry critic Bob Leftez to the Huffington Post’s (and ex-Dismemberment Plan frontman) Travis Morrison to The Current’s Andrea Swensson—has been a fascinating discussion to follow and partake in for those with a firm stake in making a life in the music industry.
On Monday, July 9th, McNally Smith’s own Jeremy Messersmith and Sean McPherson chimed in on this topic as guests on MPR’s The Daily Circuit. They were joined by Nancy Sims: University of Minnesota Libraries’ subject specialist on copyright issues, and a lawyer who deals with the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life. The trio (along with a cameo by another artist with McNally Smith ties, Dessa Darling) provide excellent insight and much food for thought for musicians and music consumers of all ages. Listen here, or on the media player to the right.
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