Thursday, April 24, 2008

The reality of life for an artist in the long tail

There's been a lot of theory about creative artists not needing to derive revenues from copyright and doing it instead from t-shirt sales, concert tours and voluntary donations. Robert Rich has written to Kevin Kelly in response to the latter's 1000 true fans essay, to outline the realities of life for just one artist struggling in the long tail.

His story should be compulsory reading for copyright reformists, industry executives, digital rights activists and indeed anyone with an interest in creative culture. There are no simple answers to the upheaval the copyright landscape has been experiencing.

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