Tuesday, November 16, 2004

'Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread'

'Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread'

Marc and I both agree:

Squid says:
Squid says:
No seriously, AWESOME!!!!!!
Large Regular says:
I was blown away
Squid says:
That was a really cool interview (Me too). It would be neat if the actual interview was available as an MP3 for remixing and such.

"WN: How do you feel about efforts to control how music flows through the online world with digital rights management technologies?

Tweedy: A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that's it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it's just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience. How they perceive your work changes your work.

Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator.

People who look at music as commerce don't understand that. They are talking about pieces of plastic they want to sell, packages of intellectual property.

I'm not interested in selling pieces of plastic."

Wilco World
Wilco Live from the Fillmore (Quicktime)

UPDATE: Slashdot has picked up on the article now.


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