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Edited Nov 22, 2009, 09:19
Re: Fileshare and illegally download now!
Nov 22, 2009, 08:32
IanB wrote:
mingtp wrote:
IanB wrote:
Do we have any left-leaning libertarian academics on this board? That would fun.


Er.. hello.



Hello yourself.

Surely you don't mean Cope? He wants to get paid like everyone else. Otherwise why the constant monetisation of old catalogue and the eking out of archive material? No, that doesn't fit at all. He's better than that. He has a family. He knows what to means to need to get paid for what you create and what you own. A few hours of busking doth not a revolutionary solcialist make.


Yes, I do mean Cope. And no one said he was a revolutionary socialist.

He is indisputably a left-leaning, libertarian academic, though - there is a vast difference between the two terms. Hell. I'd class myself as a left-leaning libertarian , but that doesn't mean I'm going to give all my posessions away.

As for repackaging the back catalogue, Julian has no control over that. The only music he owns the rights to is the stuff he's released himself through Head Heritage. Phonogram and Island can do whever they like with his back catalogue, irrespective of whether he approves or not.

Yes, he's a practical man and he wants / needs to get paid, but he's also a rarity among rock stars in that he doesn't believe in ripping off his fans. He's given interviews before in which he's advised fanms not to buy that el cheapo "The Collection" CD by the Teardrop Explodes that Phongram released, and that "Followers Of St. Julian" comp that Island put out.

He also agreed to take on all the money owed by the Teardrop Explodes just because he didn't want to tarnish their legacy by releasing a shitty third album, and formed his own record label so he could put put music, both by himself and other artists, that no major label would touch because it doesn't attempt to fall in line with whatever the industry believes to be current. Those don't sound like the actions of a man who values money over artistic integrity, so I'd put him down as a classic example of an artist whom, in your words, publishes his own work because he doesn't want the market to influence his work. Moreover, given that both his daughters went to Marlborough, I'd be willing to bet that either he or Dorian have a private/inherited fund they can dip into if times get hard. So the description does fit. Like a glove, in fact.
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