David Barnett

British Council

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Is the present copyright situation an opportunity to remedy the problem of millionaire actors and singers?

Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of The Pretenders, said (I'm paraphrasing) "You sing rock'n'roll cos you want to...If you're good, people listen to you...if you're lucky, people buy your records...if you're luckier you make a living out of it. Now, so many people not only take it for granted that they should be able to make a living out of it...they also expect to be millionaires out of it."

Isn't the present copyright situation with movie piracy and illegal downloading an opportunity to redress this situation and perhaps re-introduce the idea that a successful artiste need not be paid a fortune for their talent...after all, doesn't a doctor or a teacher offer just as much to society without the same recompense? I realise only a tiny fraction of actors and singers make it big...but how many teachers can ever make it big?