On one hand, everything makes sense. You make a work, that work is yours. You register it, you get to keep it as long as you live plus another seventy years. As long as that work is yours, you're the one who gets to use it and you're the one who grants permission to people to use it. Seems hunky dory, doesn't it? Well, then you get exceptions and violations and infringements and fair use and, the next thing you know, you're on the floor in the fetal position trying to figure out just what the heck you've gotten yourself into.
If you know anything about the Turtles, you know that these guys have been fighting the man for years in the music industry. They were royally screwed by their management and have constantly fought to get a leg up in the industry since. More recently, they've been fighting streaming and radio services like Pandora and Sirius XM. Well, it's time for them to start fighting harder.
If you want a legend in the music industry of today, Beyoncé is probably somewhere near the forefront of your mind. What can't she do? She drops surprise albums that sell like hotcakes. Her maternity photo shoot has gone viral. She can act and she has her own clothing line. And have you seen her live performances? Beyoncé can do no wrong!
In this past election season (please God, make it go away), Facebook noticed a spike in use. For the social media giant, this would appear to be a good thing. However, there's something troubling about the data coming in for Facebook. As researchers are calling it, Facebook is, and has been, past its peak. Things are getting to the point where the price of the stock isn't worth what the company is actually doing.