Let's say I write a song.
(Let's just say.)
I write this song, and I sell it to an artist (if that's not how it works, let's pretend).
Do I still own the song? Sure, I'll get a fancy little credit when the CD comes out, but no one cares.
What happens to my name when someone downloads that song from the internet and remixes it? Well, more than likely, it disappears.
So why aren't songwriters whining about this more than producers and lawyers? The artists aren't even whining all that much, and that's because everybody who takes a part in creating music knows why they did it.
The creators of Good Copy, Bad Copy, like we discussed in class, left out plenty points of view when making this documentary, and I think that's because there's a whole other side to this issue that doesn't make much sense but has a lot of impact over what people do with music. If you don't want your music to change when you release it, then what was the point?
When you tell your friend about that totally rad album that just came out, you're changing that album for the entire world. You're changing one person's perspective of the album, and then that person will listen to the album differently, and then that person will make a Facebook update about it, and then in three months that song that was supposed to be about the summer wind in Arkansas has turned into a drug song (about heroin, most likely). There's nothing that artist can do about it, and no one broke any copyright laws.
People interpret music, and some people like to express their interpretation by remixing songs. Music is going to change, just like texts are going to change, but artists are still going to make money. So really, I don't know what the issue with copyright is about. Just because a song by Justin Bieber is going to get butchered and remade into another genre doesn't mean Justin Bieber is going to have any less screaming teeny bopper fans, and he's certainly not going to get any less rich.
So if copyright isn't about money or recognition, then what's the deal?