Honored Man of Arts of Russia, musician, composer, arranger
I am a professional musician. And, of course, I want my music to be popular. But for many people fully licensed CDs are too expensive. On the other hand, I can’t write music, if I am not paid, as an author. You can sign the best contract, which states that you shall get 10$ from each CD sold, but in fact you hardly get 0.10$. Private copying levy is welcomed by all creators. It’s a small percent, paid by importers and producers of recordable media, used for making copies in the private sphere. This legal compensation is a great aid for Russian musicians. I don’t want to get back to Soviet practices, when authors of extremely popular hits, whose phonorecords were sold in millions of copies, used to receive 0,0005 Rubles per each record. Even now CD releases give you almost nothing. Only concert tours can help Russian performers make their living.