As a music enthusiast, I create mixes that are available online. I’ve also worked with online radio stations to create content with them. Now this might not be much in the great scheme of things, but the way I see music is one that can educate people - the top 40 isn’t the only music that is out there and to get people to listen to new and undiscovered artists is a beautiful thing. My creating mixes might even send people to independent labels where they go and buy a CD that enables that label to continue creating music that pushes boundaries and doesn’t need big label money in order to create their art.
For me to continue to do this, musicians need to not attack me with copyright and such laws as what I am doing is getting their music out there. I remember actually getting a legal notice to desist my actions from a record label as I was in breach of copyright. I was using soundcloud as a host and the track was by Rammstein; a band that has earned more money than most could dream of, and their label served me with a legal notice. I make nothing from doing these mixes; I do them for mine and others enjoyment, and to help encourage further sales. Bands who are making music without the help of record label funding are usually the ones who are grateful to me for liking their music enough to put it in to a mix, yet the ones who are finding their business model collapsing, are the ones turning to the law to grab every last penny that they can.
For people to continue to promote music and art, they need to have a little faith that others aren’t going to rip them off, or register their music under a creative commons license. Let go of the control and see what others can do with the music, or the art to get it to a different audience. The same can be said for any kind of creation, so keep creative commons and open source going and who knows how an initial project might just get out in to the world via an untapped resource.