Everybody borrows: Talking to songwriters about creativity

Image by Brandon Bird, www.brandonbird.com

Right now, we’re legislating based on ideas about creativity that are hundreds of years old. They might be true, but they also might not. It may turn out that the approach we have to copyright law right now is the best way to promote the creation of new culture, and to make the world a more vibrant place. But it might turn out that it’s actually counter-productive, that we’re stifling more creativity than we’re encouraging, and are keeping valuable new ideas from spreading. The only way to figure that out is to have a better understanding of creativity, and talking to artists seems like a pretty intuitive way to build that understanding.

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Dan Mangan: What comes after Nice

There was something nice about being a completely honest and absolutely unknown artist a couple years ago. But these are the things that you dream and ask for, you can’t really be all of a sudden upset when they start happening…