This afternoon, I interviewed Matt Mason, author of the book The Pirate’s Dilemma, about music, culture, law and the public domain.
We talked about all of the music that’s sitting in the vaults, decaying on master tapes – and Matt shared some good ideas about how this situation could be addressed, from a practical and digitally savvy perspective.
These are a couple of choice quotes from that half-hour interview, which was full of interesting insights and parallels from other cultural industries. I’ll go through the interview in more detail when I get a chance, and transcribe bits that I want to use for the book. But as I find these interesting excerpts, I’ll post them up here for you to listen to and discuss.
It was really great to talk to Matt – someone who’s given these matters a great deal of thought – and I can thoroughly recommend his book (here it is at Amazon).
I’ve also just secured an interview with Dr David Sanjek, former director of the BMI archive and now Director of the Centre for Popular Music at the University of Salford. Looking forward to that one too.