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Rights and Responsibilities of Artists

Updated: Dec 14, 2019


In a world so focused on freedoms, it's important to take stock of not only our rights, but also our responsibilities as artists.

This piece was first published on the Songwriting and Music Business website on June 4, 2016.

  1. The right to self-expression.

  2. The responsibility to right speech.

  3. The right to earn royalty.

  4. The responsibility to serve humanity.

  5. The right to control their creation.

  6. The responsibility to share what is created.

  7. The right to reject usage of art of moral grounds.

  8. The responsibility to respect the principle of fairness.

  9. The right to credit as creator.

  10. The responsibility to nurture new expression.

Each of these points represents the tip of the iceberg, and the start for a more lengthy discussion. Please feel free to elaborate on these points in the comments below.

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