MESSAGE OVER MONEY?
If sharing Reggae violates Copyright, then this not only undermines creativity, it hurts the people. When Fair Use cannot be cited as justification for sharing Reggae songs in order to teach Rastafaris, Jamaicans and Africans about their culture, how will the people learn? Historically, Africa is an oral culture and many Africans and Jamaicans are uneducated because it costs money to attend school. People in these cultures are illiterate, yet share a common understanding of the Patois used in Reggae lyrics. The same is true in the Developed World's Ghettos. To be sure, Reggae songs were originally written to educate the masses, teaching basic life skills such as bathing regularly for health. Ultimately, restricting the developing world's access to Reggae songs, something traditionally considered an academic material, through song Copyright undermines academic opportunities by reducing the amount of information authors know and, accordingly, have access to when writing songs. In this case, placing concern for the dollar over efforts to educate people not only undermines creativity, it has a negative impact on the people's health and well being. Enforcing Copyright over Fair Use for Reggae music with these populations appears to be a human rights violation. Currently, this position could be considered outside mainstream thought in our developed world cultural constructs (e.g. legal system). This helps explain why so many Reggae producers simply do not register their songs. Although income is a good thing, Reggae producers are are more concerned about the message than the money. They create the song and encourage people with money to buy it, voluntarily participating in a dynamic that the rest of the music industry is experiencing as a result of the Internet.
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