In an earlier post, wondering about certain professional creators championed by the "Fair" copyright crowd, I wrote:
Does Stephen (sic) Page of the Barenaked Ladies ever lie in bed at night and worry even a little bit about how he -- or better yet, other, lesser known, perhaps just-starting-out musicians -- will survive, professionally, in a marketplace that shows increasing unconcern for his livelihood?
If he does, he's one smart dude because he's not talking about those worries out loud.
I now offer this clarification -- yes, it appears Steven Page (sorry for the original misspelling) does worry along those lines. In fact, in 2005, he worried so much that he prominently signed his name to a brief in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. et al v. Grokster, Ltd. et al, Supreme Court of the United States case (decided in favour of MGM and related artists). This brief was written in support of MGM's position against Grokster, which was that the file-sharing site's primary business model was:
"distribution of software that was designed and is overwhelmingly used to infringe copyrighted music and movies on a massive scale."
"this defies the fundamental principle -- enshrined in the Constitution itself -- that creative output is a necessary part of this country’s economic and cultural “Progress,” and that such “Progress” will cease if creators and the technical teams that support them cannot earn a livelihood through their creative efforts."
I congratulate Mr. Page on walking the fine line available to artists who simultaneously respect their audience and yet demand legal protection for their livelihood.
Also, if it's not too much trouble, I see that Sheryl Crow is one of the co-signors, and I was just wondering... nevermind, wrong time and place.
Thanks to Warren for the tip.