The financial distress, or lack of distress, of musicians has nothing to do with the purpose of copyright. We, wild anti-copyright theorists, have now been joined by many sober practitioners in our analysis pointing out the real issues.
Michele Boldrin & David K. Levine
Michele Boldrin is Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, with research specialties in economic growth and economic theory. David K. Levine is John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, with research specialties in game theory and general equilibrium theory. Boldrin and Levine are co-authors of the book Against Intellectual Monopoly (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Posts by Michele Boldrin & David K. Levine
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.