Utilitarian Justifications at the Grammys

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow used the Grammys as an opportunity to highlight the importance of copyright protection, using a argument you might recognize as utilitarian:

“What if we’re all watching the Grammys a few years from now and there’s no Best New Artist award because there aren’t enough talented artists and songwriters who are actually able to make a living from their craft?” … “While ways of listening to music evolve, we must remember that music matters in our lives, and that new technology must pay artists fairly.”


Maybe if he tried making paper airplanes with some of his friends he would see stronger protection doesn’t always result in more creativity.

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