ASCAP attacks Free Culture, the Creative Commons, EFF

Via Wired’s Threat Level:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is urging the membership to donate money to battle the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and even Creative Commons.

I always wondered where ASCAP fell in the culture wars. Now I know.

The ASCAP, which also distributes royalties, said those groups are “influencing Congress against the interests of music creators. If their views are allowed to gain strength, music creators will find it harder and harder to make a living as traditional media shifts to online and wireless services. We all know what will happen next: the music will dry up, and the ultimate loser will be the music consumer.”

Bullshit. Music won’t dry up because it’s freely released. Old methods of making money with music will. New methods will arise. ASCAP can pull their heads out of their asses and start figuring out how to make this happen or they can go extinct like the culture dinosaur they seem to be.