Thursday, July 05, 2007

Spam: artistic censor

Timmy has written about the latest fucking insane idea from David Cameron, concentrating on the technical and economic realities. You humble Devil thinks, however, that there is a rather more sinister aspect to Spam's offer to the music industry.
David Cameron yesterday offered the music industry a unique deal – cut the glorification of materialism, misogyny and guns in hits and the next Conservative government would back an extension of the copyright on sound recordings from the current 50-year period to 70 years.

What the fuck is Spam playing at? I know, let's put it another way...
Josef Stalin yesterday offered the Samisdatistas a unique deal – cut the glorification of freedom, free markets and personal liberty in papers and the next Russian government would stop trying to hunt them down and kill them or put them in gulags.

Seriously, though, the man's an idiot. He is, for starters, showing a willful ignorance of how much of this music came about in the first place. Yes, Spam, at one point the only mainstream music was nice and healthy—it was Summer Holiday all the way and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was about as controversial as it got.

But in certain cultures, other types of music—rap, hip-hop, etc.—was being made. As people began to realise that this had a market, small independent record labels sprang up and started publishing and promoting music that people wanted to buy. Do you get the concept of free markets, you fucking loon?
But in return for the commitment, and a promise that a Tory government would crack down on illegal file-sharing, Mr Cameron said that the music industry must demonstrate a wider social responsibility.

So, what are you going to do, Spam: shut down shops that sell rap, close down independent hip-hop labels, send those owning such music to "re-education camps"? Is this what your "social responsibility" is, Spam?

Another fantastic idea from the Tories here: is you possess artistic material that Spam and his merry crew disapprove of, you can expect it to be harder to get hold of...

UPDATE: Bookdrunk is suitably scathing too...
And how, exactly, will that be policed (if such a thing wasn't a repellent idea)? Will that involve denying recording contracts to artists whose material doesn't fit government policy of the day? And would a future Tory government actively oppose the extension to copyright if the music industry doesn't sign up to more "socially responsible" music?

Truly, Spam Cameron is a censorious fuckwit...

3 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Midnight Rambler, Hey Joe, Tommy Gun, Bomber, Cocaine, Passage to Bangkok ... these are all classics I could happily live without if I knew it ensured that Sir Cliff a comfortable old age. Not.

JuliaM said...

Obviously, the Tories will be proposing a Minister of Rap....

Perhaps Boris Johnson can take the job (assuming he doesn't get to be Mayor of London)?

Paul said...

But if Boris gets another job, who will keep Wimbledon Common tidy?