Hi guys! If the topic is copyright restrictions, then one of the easiest examples to use regarding this is the music service companies- Spotify in particular, as it’s one of the most used streaming services available to us, along with Google Music, Apple Music and that other company that wants me to sign up in order to listen to Kanye West’s new album (shan’t be named).
This company does give new users a free trial before having to pay a monthly fee for the premium version, which offers good quality music with no interruptions. This seems fair, because at least the new use gets the chance to experience what they will be paying for, and the company/ artists don’t have to worry about anyone abusing strict copyright restrictions- well, you would think so.
Spotify have been sued for at least $150m by a bunch of music artists, such as Taylor Swift, who claim that Spotify have reproduced and distributed their music without permission. This has resulted in many of our favourite pop stars taking their music off of this site. I see their point in doing so, because how is the artist supposed to gain money from their work otherwise? In my opinion, the creative common licence needs to be a lot more strict in order to protect original content. What do you guys think?
(Post title inspired by Missy Elliott’s Get Your Freak On)