Over on Techdirt, Blaise Alleyne rips apart ASCAP’s “Bill Of Wrongs” for Songwriters and Composers, point by point, item by item.
1. We have the right to be compensated for the use of our creative works, and share in the revenues that they generate.
Why? In what other industries do creators maintain control over their creations after they reach consumers? Lenovo has no right to be compensated for the use of my laptop or to share in the revenue I generate through developing software. This is not a given.
It’s all debatable, of course, and that’s the point. These are not rights granted by the U.S. Constitution or current copyright law, as ASCAP implies. It’s just a wishlist, “just an assertion of the status quo by those who depend on copyright law to protect their obsolete business models.”