Is our addiction to free content killing creativity?

David Byrne poses with his musical installation, Playing The Building, in 2009. He is among the creative minds pushing for fairer compensation. (Kieran Doherty/Reuters)

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When you're reveling in a creative work you didn't purchase, do you stop to think about the artists who made it, and whether or not they're getting paid?

If your answer is "no", the Content Creators Coalition would like to change that. The collective advocates for artists who want fair compensation for music played on air or streamed online, clips used on TV, and photos get embedded online. They hope to combat what they see as unfair and unsustainable treatment of content creators.

Guest host Brent Bambury speaks to two members of the coalition: artist David Byrne (founding member of Talking Heads), and writer Chris Ruen, author of Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity.

The video you shouldn't be seeing

The battle, it seems, is laced with irony. At a recent Content Creator's Coalition event, David Byrne was among those performing a Biz Markie song, Just a Friend.

The organizers asked the audience not to film and upload footage from the show -- and yet, the performance ended up as content on plenty of websites.

The two explain their mixed feelings about the viral success of the recording, which helped bring attention to their cause. In their view, isolated hits do not justify the "massively unregulated digital ecosystem."
 

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