Copyright owners in the creative sector are very vocal in demanding payment for their rights – and removal of material that isn’t licensed – both of which they are of course entitled to do. However, it can easily be argued that we couldn’t make it more difficult for legal services to pay for rights in the current copyright system if we tried.
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- Artists at all levels of public success who are all too often not receiving anything remotely close to their due share of the royalties being paid by digital services;
- The Internet services – who have to build elaborate claim and counterclaim systems to process these requests and try and ensure that the unscrupulous can’t take advantage;
- The rightsholders – who, even between one another, have endless disputes about who owns what partly because in several important areas they won’t even tell one another what rights they own;
- Services who would like to innovate in making music, films, and books available to the public but can’t – because finding whom to license from is so nightmarish and even once you find them, you have to hire lawyers to make deals one-by-one, country by country, that the whole exercise is just too expensive
- Policymakers – who are asked to spend a huge amount of legislative time and attention on copyright infringement instead of other essential public policy priorities.