#1. There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that your work will find commercial success because you have barred commercial interests from investing in your work, Stop that,
#2. You CAN take a popular artist’s song and do whatever the hell you want with it, providing you own the damn thing! And that’s what we’re talking about: COMMISSIONED art work. We’re talking about people paying you to produce art for them. This is what commercial artists do, and if you want to be a commercially successful artist you have no choice but to STOP banning the commercial use of the work.
#3. A commercial work like a CD is almost always produced by someone OTHER THAN the artist. But even in the case of traditional “Art work” like drawings and painting the exact same rule applies. The magazine covers, the t-shirts, the packaging — EVERYTHING is produced by people who produce consumer goods for a living and marketed by people who market for a living… NOT THE ARTIST!
Yes there are exception, precious few in comparison to the group as a whole, and they are people who already have a name and/or production & marketing skills.
#4, YOU’RE AFRAID OF SUCCESS! You say that there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding commercially, and that it’s unfair if someone makes you a commercial success.
The most obvious path to commercial success is having someone with marketing & production skills making you that success. And if they do, you’re a success! People will want to make money too. People will beat a path to your door to buy some of your art and make lots of money off of it. They’ll be willing to pay you large sums of cash for your art because of it’s proven success. You’d be rich.
It’s no different with other forms of talent, like pro athletes. Nobody pays a pro baseball player $10 million until AFTER they’ve played at the level of a $10 million athlete. They start out at league minimum, about $400K now, and if they prove that they’re worth millions they’ll get the huge contract but only AFTER their rookie status is expired.
If they take the attitude, “Hey! Why should I play well? They make all the money off of me. Why should I play at the level of a $10 million pitcher when all I’m getting is $400K?”…
Know what happens with that attitude? THEY NEVER GET THE $10 ,MILLION CONTRACT! They have to have already played at a $10 million level in order for someone to say, “Hey, they’re worth $10 million to me!”
We’re talking about commissioned works here. This is nothing like buying a CD. It’s EXACTLY the same as paying an artist to create artwork for the CD. And, yes, the producers of the CD can and do reproduce and sell it. They put it on posters and on t-shirts. The put it in videos and other fan products.