I’ve always been a big Wilco fan, and reading this interview in Wired only makes me respect him even more as a musician.

WN: How do you feel about efforts to control how music flows through the online world with digital rights management technologies?
Tweedy: A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience. How they perceive your work changes your work.
Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator.
People who look at music as commerce don’t understand that. They are talking about pieces of plastic they want to sell, packages of intellectual property.
I’m not interested in selling pieces of plastic.


When Derek and I started Metallicasucks.com, this was the crux of our argument. When someone downloads a song, they are not stealing from someone. The idea of brokering information such as software and music is a very gray area, but it’s up to the industry to evolve with technology, not fight it.
If this is something that matters to you, there is also news out there about the RIAA pushing the new and improved Intellectual Property Protection Act which will roll back “fair use” rights for everyone in order to protect the industry’s interests.

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