Remember all that kerfuffle about ASCAP claiming Creative Commons is undermining Copyright? Well, there have been a few statements from the other side since then. These links were forwarded to me by Jane Park, communications coordinator for Creative Commons.
Creative Commons released an official response last week: “Creative Commons Licenses are copyright licenses – plain and simple.” They go on further in the article to highlight some points about established artists still making profits while releasing their work under a Creative Commons license:
Many musicians, including acts like Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Youssou N’Dour, Tone, Curt Smith, David Byrne, Radiohead, Yunyu, Kristin Hersh, and Snoop Dogg, have used Creative Commons licenses to share with the public. These musicians aren’t looking to stop making money from their music. In fact, many of the artists who use CC licenses are also members of collecting societies, including ASCAP.
Lawrence Lessig also challenged members of ASCAP to a public debate while responding to their claims. There are several good links in that article, and is definitely recommended reading.