She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel
So why ain't the stealing of my rights made illegal?
If you write something of intellectual property, such as a movie, the royalties belong to you, and you are then paid for the use of that work and derivations of it (such as sequels.)
It’s possible that Ms Monae is referring to digital piracy of music, but since that happens to movies as well, and the rest of the verse is about civil rights, it’s more likely that she’s contrasting the huge difference in effort put toward enforcing copyright laws and the meager effort in upholding civil liberties. Violate the rights of a movie studio, and you could go to jail for 7 years but violations of personal rights (such as privacy, equality, etc.), especially by the government or corporations are rarely, if ever, punished.
She may also be talking about how an individual is responsible for their own life, hence owning the script (how their life plays out) and the sequel (their future). But little by little we’re losing our liberties in this country…these days it’s legal to wiretap people without a warrant and indefinitely detain Americans without due process. These are rights that we’re supposed to be guaranteed as individuals and citizens, so how is this legally allowed to happen?
To fit in with all of those interpretations, it can also be heard as “distilling my rights”.
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