|On Mar 12, 11:05=A0am, Troy Heagy <electrict...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> --------------------------------------> From: "jmsa...@aol.com"
> > <snip>
> > Residuals are what keeps actors and writers
> > and directors able to survive the lean periods between
> > jobs, and those
> > are legion.=A0 Those periods can last a year or two
> > sometimes, during
> > which your ONLY source of revenue is residuals.=A0 They
> > help to insure
> > that the talent pool is available when needed and not out
> > working day jobs to make ends meet.
> How do you respond to those who say, "Copyrights don't help the writers, =
actors, et cetera. =A0Copyright only helps the business suits gt rich while=
the artists get conned. =A0Artists would be better off without copyright."
> Someone recently said that to me, and I was stumped. =A0It does seem the =
current system, rather than helping the artists, actually hurts them. =A0Wo=
uld artists be better-off without copyright?
> troy :-)
There's a difference between copyright and royalties. Studios own the
copyright to movies and TV shows, but the royalties off those projects
go to artists and writers. If a studio can't have the copyright to
something, they just won't make it.
Authors and artists hold the copyright to their own works, and
maintaining the copyright does serve their interests.