When I re-read Peter Sunde’s blogpost “Maintain. Hardline. Kopimi.” this morning then something he says at the very end strikes a chord with me personally but also with Flattr “’cause that’s what we do”.
Today I urge everyone to make sure that the entertainment industry does not profit from them anymore. Stop seeing their movies. Stop listening to their music. Make sure that you find alternative ways to culture.
Peter envisioned Flattr exactly for this – enabling independent artists and creators to tap directly into their fanbase, into their followers, readers, viewers, listeners, customers. Less middle men, less fat industry, fewer restrictions, more direct payments/donations and of course, relationship between the creator and the “consumer”.
But don’t forget to go to check out that up and coming indie band playing in a local club this Friday, the budding artist who’s just launching his first art show, young choreographers doing a funky urban space dance project. Find out what’s happening in your home town, in your neighborhood, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.
Most important – be a part of it, everyone can be a creator, it’s much more fun and rewarding that being a passive consumer. Find your thing, do it, enjoy it.