Copyright ensures that rights holders are paid for their work – just like everyone else. If there were no copyright laws, artists would need to rely far more on public funding and subsidies to survive.
Copyright ensures diversity
When authors of musical works receive payment for their work, this creates the financial foundations necessary for them to create a new work. If copyright is disregarded, the artists become morally discouraged, lose their way of making a living, and are robbed of the financial basis required to create their art.
The copyright rules also ensure that mainstream culture is not the only viable genre around. Even niche genres – experimental art – with less of a market potential can be sure of receiving payment thanks to the copyright laws. Many niche productions and art scenes would not be viable and could not survive without copyright protection and the support offered by organisations such as Koda.
How copyright is also good for consumers
As described in the above, copyright ensures that consumers have access to a rich and diverse array of culture that is constantly evolving. What is more, copyright means that users only pay for what they actually use.
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