Can someone own a song? When I arrange some notes to make a melody, they are built on every song that I’ve ever heard. When I assemble some words into a poetic verse, they are constructed from all of the words that I’ve ever read.

The economic model of the entertainment industry is rooted in ownership. Supposedly, you earn money by owning the work that you have created. I’ve always struggled with this idea. A song has value when it stirs an emotional response in another human being. The ownership of a song is not correlated to the way it makes me feel.


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