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Indentured servitude contributor:tamra spivey
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One of the things that sucks most about Viacom (MTV and VH1) is the way they use new talent. You probably already know the way they screwed Matt Judge out of making any money on the Beavis and Butthead cartoon. Essentially they have various ways of gathering together promising young talent and the deal they cut goes like this: we give you a shot at the big time you give us your first born child. The price for admission to the big boy club is your first hit belongs to the man.

If you've got writing, music, or video that you've created up on MySpace keep in mind that according to the agreement you clicked they have the right to do whatever they want with your content. Your photo, your short story, your song, your spaced out film, they can do anything they want with it and they don't have to pay you one penny.

So why am I here? Because MySpace is a great community. It has reconnected me with old friends, brought me many new ones, I've found bands I never would have known about, and thngs about my friends I never knew. Since we give our music away free anyway money is not the problem. But the lack of control does drive me crazy. Still, if Bruce Springsteen couldn't do jack shit about Ronald Reagan using "Born in the USA" for his re-election campaign, how realistic is the idea of control of content?

So far as far as I know MySpace has never used that power in a way that hurt anybody. Maybe they never will. They seem to get that there has to be a certain trust between us and them or their business could disappear in the blink of an eye.

One thing people forget about corporations. They are made of people. A corporation is like a gun. It tends toward destruction but it can be used for good if the person that controls it has a soul.
Tamra

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MySpace hijacks artists?
Posted by Deanna Zandt on May 11, 2006 at 5:37 AM.

Chatter around the web -- see this post at The Register, for example -- is buzzing about the realization that MySpace users give up rights to any material that they post to their profiles on the site. Someone actually sat down and read the terms of service, which include gems like this:


By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") on or through the Services, you hereby grant to MySpace.com, a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services.

The terms were changed on May 1st to say that once you remove your profile and/or the content, that News Corp. will remove your information from their servers and won't distribute it later. Awfully nice of Mr. Murdoch, isn't it?

So much for the site that provided a quick and easy way for independent artists to distribute their creativity; now it's just one big repository for News Corp. to siphon from. Anyone have any suggestions for other sites artists can use without getting ripped off?

 

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