Tatiana Moroz is a wonderfully talented singer-songwriter, lover of liberty, and member here at liberty.me. A few months ago I engaged her on the issue of copyright.
I asked Tatiana if it was OK that I downloaded her songs, put my own
name on as writer, and then licensed them for use on a TV show so that I
could collect the license fees and performance royalties for myself.
Tatiana was reluctant to take a position on copyright, with me
anyway, and I get it. I think she feels really conflicted. On the one
hand, she instinctively understands that her songs are just that – HER
songs. On the other hand, she’s been told that copyright is somehow
“illegitimate”, imposing a “negative servitude” on others, and a
“violation” of the property rights of others.
My discussion style is highly confrontational, which doesn’t make me a
lot of friends around here. Such is my choice, and it might have at
least something to do with your willingness to endorse the abolition of
my property rights over my songs.
But what about Tatiana? She is a sweetheart with a golden voice and
wonderful words. So tell her. Call out Tatiana Moroz, by name, and
explain to her PERSONALLY why she doesn’t own her songs, and why I
should be allowed to put my name on them as author, and do anything I
want with them.