Asking Fans For Support Isn't Begging, It's Solidifying Our Relationship

from the an-artist's-perspective dept

Yesterday, we wrote about El-P (emcee/producer and co-founder of Definitive Jux records) and his positive reaction to the early leak of his upcoming album, Cancer4Cure. El-P showed up in the comments that evening, and after an email exchange this morning he posted this excellent longer reply and invited us to turn it into a guest post. Big thanks to El for getting involved and giving us a clearer picture of his stance on these issues.


First off, thanks to Leigh for emailing me today and thanks to everyone here for your ideas and comments. It's clear he (and all of you) care about this subject. The truth is I really don't fully know how I feel about it all and I'm not sure that I'm smart enough to fully tackle the subject. It's tricky.

All I know is that I believe in operating within the realties that exist now and treating fans with respect within the context of those realties. I don't agree with the draconian and aggressive manner in which the RIAA and others have reacted to those realities and I wont be caught trying to put band aids on cracks in the dam. I'd rather let that bitch flood and build a boat. That said, I cringe a bit when people disregard how tough it is for working musicians to deal with the new paradigm. Cut us some slack. It's all relatively new and we are trying our best to navigate choppy waters.

I want to trust that if people like my music they will support me. My heart tells me that's the case. I also know for a fact that many of the people that say they will support or even genuinely intend to may not, being that they have the finished product (or at least the most important piece of it) in their hands already. It's just common sense.

So how do I feel? What's the right way? Fuck if I know. But I'll adapt and I'll do it with respect and class and not kicking and screaming. There's a hell of a lot I could say about both sides of this particular subject, but honestly does it matter? You all have formed your opinions on it already and in the end people like me are still out here trying to make a living no matter what those opinions are... right, wrong or in-between.

I will say (and this is a portion of what I wrote to Leigh today):

In these debates (no matter what venue) the artist almost always seems to be treated/viewed as a child. Either we don't understand what's good for us, can't control what's happening to us, can't comprehend what's bad for us or we are not wise enough to be grateful for what we are handed. It's a debate that rages on almost exclusively without the input of the artist themselves.

And maybe thats how it needs to be. At the end of the day we are trying to make a living doing what we love and it's on us to determine how we handle it. I'm not sure any artist owes any explanation to anyone about the nuances of that, and I'm not sure anyone else can really understand what it's like as an artist to negotiate all this unless they deal with it in the same way. Everything takes on a different tone when paying your rent enters in to the debate. But don't make the mistake of treating us condescendingly or with pity. I am not "begging" for anything by asking people to support by pre-ordering if they enjoy the record. I'm trying to solidify and encourage the relationship I have with the people who I make the music for in the context of today's reality. Simple as that.

I for one am determined to make the realities of today's music business work for me as best I can. I do not see the point in blaming the fans for a technological (and now cultural) reality that we all are involved in. They are my fans. They are my supporters. I think if I do my job and make something passionate and good then they'll be motivated to engage with me. Between me and them I'm sure we can figure out how to give each other what we need so we can continue to have a relationship. I'm not too worried about it.

For now I think we are finally settling in to a decent place with it all. Of course if my record drops and I don't sell shit I might end up with a bit of a different take on it all. I reserve that right, but I doubt it.

Anyway thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to talk about all this. I'm going to drink some coffee and eat a bagel now. Also, my cat won't stop meowing.

— best, el



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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:23pm

    Inb4 "but...but...piracy!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:30pm

    honesty

    I really appreciate that he doesn't say it's okay for people to download his music, but understands it's going to happen regardless of his feelings. He's putting the onus on the fan to choose to support him, or not. I truly believe most fans will support the artists they like.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:35pm

    El, thanks for your comments.

    I would have to say that you are pretty much dealing with the shit sandwich of piracy as best you can. But in the end, I think it's clear that you know you are having to eat a lot of shit here to try to make a living.

    Your attitude is wonderful, but it is to me incredibly demoralizing to see the position you are in. It's incredibly hard for you to making a living as a musician when people are taking for free the very product you are trying to sell. You may not think you are begging, but in the end, that is really what you are doing. There is nothing left except hoping that you can convince people to pay you for what they already have for free.

    Good luck with it. I wouldn't wish the current situation on anyone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:53pm

    "In these debates (no matter what venue) the artist almost always seems to be treated/viewed as a child. Either we don't understand what's good for us, can't control what's happening to us, can't comprehend what's bad for us or we are not wise enough to be grateful for what we are handed."

    How true, and it's always been that way - reminds me of those old black and white clips from the early 60s of John Lennon and the other Beatles being interviewed, and the condescending way in which the reporters would speak to them - as though they were children.

     

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    DC, May 1st, 2012 @ 8:56pm

    I think you have a very clear perspective on reality. Anyone who would treat you as a child is a moron. In fact, admitting what you don't know is a sign of exceptional maturity.

    I do hope, and expect, that your fans will support you.

    I also hope you spend some small bits of time you can afford lurking here so you can see the debate around these topics. Or even comment, or better yet ... guest post again :-)

    I think you would see in the posts (comments are more dodgy) that artists that reject the idea of suing fans, and 1 copy = 1 lost sale are celebrated here as actually having a firm grasp on the sorts of things that they can understand / control / comprehend.

    Thanks again for the post.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 8:57pm

    Love it

    I don't agree with the draconian and aggressive manner in which the RIAA and others have reacted to those realities and I wont be caught trying to put band aids on cracks in the dam. I'd rather let that bitch flood and build a boat. That said, I cringe a bit when people disregard how tough it is for working musicians to deal with the new paradigm. Cut us some slack. It's all relatively new and we are trying our best to navigate choppy waters.

    Well said. Just remember that the fans are also navigating these new tides. I think the recent breakout of kickstarter shows that most (or at least enough) people's hearts are in the right place.

     

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    rubberpants, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:01pm

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    It's incredibly hard...to making a living as a musician.

    It's hard to make a living as .

     

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    DC, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:12pm

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    Do you people run in shifts?

    1 copy != 1 lost sale.

    The vast majority of musicians have never made a living solely performing music, even if you add recording to that (which the music industry initially rejected violently -- see player pianos ... etc ... Ad infinitum).

    People seem to think El-P is talented and entertaining, and I wish him the best. He certainly comes off as sincere.

    So ... do subway buskers suffer more from piracy than obscurity?

    So you can digitally copy the experience of a live performance?

    The only shit sandwich here is the one you are serving which has 1 topping of 1 copy = 1 lost sale, and 1 topping of there used to be a golden age where the labels made every promising artist rich.

    I wouldn't wish your world view on anyone.

    Oh ... is shit sandwich the new shill phrase of the month?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:20pm

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    "Do you people run in shifts?

    1 copy != 1 lost sale.
    "

    Perhaps the ultimate strawman. Can you please find me anywhere, anywhere, ever, anyone on the label side saying that.

    It doesn't exist. Don't believe the hype, right?

    "The only shit sandwich here is the one you are serving which has 1 topping of 1 copy = 1 lost sale,"

    That is your flawed interpretation of things. Again, please point me to a single person on the label side saying that. It doesn't exist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:23pm

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    They don't run in shifts, they run in shits!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:24pm

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    That's because they're on the labels side.

    All the labels care about is money.

    Herp derp.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:26pm

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    Oh, and look up the definition of strawman. Saying there's nobody on the side against ours rooting for our side is an ultimate strawman.

     

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    DC, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:30pm

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    Pretty much every label study of losses to copying assume 1 copy = 1 lost sale.

    I'm pretty sure you have access to them, so I'm not going to cite them.

     

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    DC, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:32pm

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    Oops ... forgot ... you didn't reply to any other point.

    FAIL.

     

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    Liz (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 9:35pm

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    I would imagine the court cases where the copyright holders (namely the members of the major record labels) equate downloads to lost sales would count. It is in the public, legal record, after all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:38pm

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    Sorry, the only fail here is you flat out assuming that people who download stuff don't buy shit at all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:40pm

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    Ooops. Disregard that. Thought the other AC replied.

     

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    DC, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:40pm

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    Sorry for too many posts, but you responded to 1 point.

    I made 6 points, none of which you responded to.

    That's a pretty pathetic argument.

    By the way ... I'll let the more research inclined here support this, but if I recall, the *AAs report each download as more than 1 lost sale. I could be wrong, but I am not wrong about the 1 lost sale equation.

    Funny you call something you know you can not punch down a straw man.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 9:51pm

    You Will Be Fine

    It is so nice to see you here, El-P.

    Musicians are not children, they are independent business persons. The reason why they were formerly treated as children is because they signed abusive contracts with record labels. The labels then treated them badly, thus they ended up with child status. Arguments have been made that the abusive contracts were inevitable, but musicians need to step up and take responsibility. Signing an abusive contract is never a wise move. Seek alternatives.

    The magic of the internet has now given musicians a way forward with a lot less pressure to sign an abusive contract. The peddlers of abusive contracts are as mad as hell about that, it is costing them money. Their shills comment here regularly, then the community calls them out. However, nobody is entitled to be the beneficiary of an abusive contract, no matter how long they may have been engaged in the practice.

    The economics of infinite goods is difficult and counter-intuitive. Art is difficult, too. So artists have a learning curve. Here at Techdirt we aim to help artists find their way. The answer is the doctrine "Connect with Fans then give them a Reason to Buy", abbreviated here as "CwF+RtB". You are doing fine with connecting with fans. Now you need to give us real scarcities with reasons as to why we might buy them. Infinite goods are infinite and the price of them inevitably goes to zero. Shiny disks and concert tickets are just two of a whole universe of scarce goods possibilities. If you have fans who love you and you offer them reasonable things to buy, you cannot help but make money. There are many stories on Techdirt about artists who have followed the doctrine and succeeded.

    We want you to succeed, but do it without violating our human rights and with giving us art that we want. Do not get misled by the erroneous arguments of the shills. They are not your friends. Your fans are your friends.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:07pm

    Re: You Will Be Fine

    His friends (who ever they are) pay him for his music.
    I don't know where to start, phew.
    This idea that generations of intelligent, articulate and independent thinking musicians ALL signed 'abusive' contracts is beyond demeaning. I wouldn't mind quite so much if I thought the majority of people who parroted this crap had ever had ANY experience of a record label. You believe the crap about abuse because it makes you feel better when you rip off ordinary musicians like EI-P.

    In the end, the whole debacle is about freedom of choice.
    If EI-P is ok with fans downloading his music before it's released, that's absolutely fine. If I'm not OK with that, you should respect my choice to continue to sell my music. If you don't want to buy it, don't take it against my wishes.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 10:09pm

    Re:

    "But don't make the mistake of treating us condescendingly or with pity."

    Guess you can't follow simple instructions, can you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:11pm

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    not true. prove it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:13pm

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    agreed. well put.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:21pm

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    Okay, 1) Why are you implying that in the act of accepting a leak, he's not selling his music?

    2) Piracy isn't all black and white. Take this for example. I'd never heard of the band Nightwish before. I downloaded ((re: Pirated)) their latest album, Imaginaerum, to give it a listen. The next day, I went out and brought the 2-CD physical album, having to take busses all over town to find who had it in stock.

    3) Anyone who signs with the RIAA or associated labels is in an abusive contract. If you don't believe me, then point out ways I'm wrong, give citations.

    4) I have never heard of El-P before now. If his album hadn't leaked, I wouldn't have even heard of him. Now I know he's out there, and I feel like taking a look at some of his stuff, and maybe buying an album if I like it.

    5) I respect both of your opinions, but I also have my own. Don't knock it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:21pm

    It's all relatively new and we are trying our best to navigate choppy waters.

    Well for you maybe, but don't put us all on the same technology inept side.

     

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    Jay (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 10:21pm

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    Read any IFPI report. They try to complain about the one to one causation but it has been shit down repeatedly. If you want the best research about this, read "media piracy" from joe kataganis and his team. In it, he details exactly which studies have the 1-1 ratio.

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:24pm

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    well el-p, I feel you man, but I hate to break it to you, you ain't gettin' paid from here on out unless you fight for it. these cats don't believe you are owed anything for your work unless you sing for yer suppa every night. sad but true.

    I understand your desire to be reasonable, to be fair, to want to focus on making the best music possible and getting paid for the consumption of that work and labor. but it's not gonna happen.

    haters are gonna hate and thieves are gonna steal. but what's worse is that this isn't about downloaders, it's about the internet and tech corporate fat cats getting rich of your work (like google aint got enough dough, right?), and the pirate bay, and those cats...

    so good luck to you man, but you look like road kill on the information superhighway to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:28pm

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    "3) Anyone who signs with the RIAA or associated labels is in an abusive contract. If you don't believe me, then point out ways I'm wrong, give citations."

    here ya go:
    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/meet-the-new-boss-worse-than-the-old-boss-full-post /

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:31pm

    Re: You Will Be Fine

    no, your fans are the people who respect your work and pay for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:33pm

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    actually they do buy stuff, they buy video games which are harder to pirate, but not much music, which they can get for free. if there were any truth to your argument we would not be having this conversation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:35pm

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    yeah, google doesn't care about money at all... that's why they are giving up cash and moving to a t-shirt economy cause it's worked so well for music, they can't pass it up!

    http://themusicaldisconnect.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-announces-ads-free-just-buy-tee.html

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:41pm

    Re: You Will Be Fine

    "The magic of the internet has now given musicians a way forward with a lot less pressure to sign an abusive contract."

    yeah, the internet magic is awesome... no contracts, no payments, nothing... how is replacing on injustice with an even greater injustice progress?

    labels pay artists tens of millions of dollars a year... how much is the pirate bay paying artists? oh, whats' that? Nothing? The Pirate Bay pay's artists nothing? Wow, Really?

    So what would I prefer? Getting paid or not getting paid. I think I'd chose getting paid?

    Hmmm... contracts you say? Where can I get a contract to get paid by the pirate bay and other sites operating illegally? Oh... what? There are no contracts?

    Hahhahahaah I get it, that' funnnny. You can't have oppressive contracts if there are NO contracts! hahahaha! knee slapper...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:43pm

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    Fantastic execution, but, still, fuck you man.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:43pm

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    and so how do I get a contract with the pirate bay to get paid, could you please provide me with that link?

    Uh yeah...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:44pm

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    Anyone who signs with the RIAA or associated labels is in an abusive contract. If you don't believe me, then point out ways I'm wrong, give citations.

    I dunno, maybe you can post the mental health records of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Sting, Mick Fleetwood, Bruce Springsteen proving how crazy they were to sign a major label contract time and time and time again. And how disturbed they were to come to their senses one day only to realise they'd amassed millions of dollars and several mansions around the world.

    I have never heard of El-P before now. If his album hadn't leaked, I wouldn't have even heard of him. Now I know he's out there, and I feel like taking a look at some of his stuff, and maybe buying an album if I like it.

    It seems to me you actually found out about him because people on a blog you go to are talking about him.
    This is the dumb paradox we are supposed to swallow. The internet helps artists by people downloading their work against their wishes. While apparently the internet has no power to promote artists through thousands of people talking about those artists on thousands of blogs and forums.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:47pm

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    Wow, bringing up the ultimate strawman; something completely unrelated to the labels being asses.

    I'm sure being a part of the RIAA is -great-, I'm /suuuuuuuuuuure/ that you guys can't find /aaaaany/ other method that wont' screw you over.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:47pm

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    You fail to respond to half of my points.

    Wow.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:48pm

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    Also, see my post above that proves my point. If you aren't uber successful, or do something that the labels don't like, they -will- screw you over.

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:48pm

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    news flash, you can't have a contract dispute without a contract... the only point you've made is that artists actually get contracts and payments from labels. you've also made the point that they can audit the label, and because they have a contract they can move to resolve disputes, in the courts if necessary.

    the same mechanism that makes every link you posted above possible, is the mechanism you are arguing to take away from artists, copyrights.

    so when you can show me an artist contract with a pirate site like the pirate bay (and others), that offers better terms than labels, and pays on those terms, than you'll have a point.

    until than all you have is the usual BS...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:51pm

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    you got a link to where I can get a contract with the pirate bay? I'd like to see their terms and how well they treat artists. You got that right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:54pm

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    really, could you cite that... because a 95% piracy rate still only equals a 60% drop in sales. So unless the IFPI think the business should be 20x's bigger I think you are grossly confused on simple math.

    every download does not equal a 1:1 lost sale, but every lost sale can be attributed to an illegal download. there's a difference.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Wow, bringing up the ultimate strawman; something completely unrelated to the labels being asses.

    I'm sure being a part of the RIAA is -great-, I'm /suuuuuuuuuuure/ that you guys can't find /aaaaany/ other method that wont' screw you over.

    Also, reposting your comment after it's been thoroughly burned isn't generally a smart idea.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:58pm

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    Who the fuck says I'm telling artists to make a contract with pirate sites? Are you delusional? The only BS is coming from you right now.

    Try sites like kickstarter. Or, I dunno, monetize on youtube. Or, I dunno, go independent; sell your music without a third party via digital means.

    I'm not saying it's easy.

    But it's not like the record labels make it easy on you either.

    Oh, and there are plenty of stories floating around about artists who don't get paid royalties from labels. You just block 'em out of your mind because "Oh, artists can sue them. I don't care that the labels fuck up their contracts all the time or screw with artists."

    Labels only care about two things.

    Themselves.

    And money.

    The truth hurts, doesn't it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:58pm

    Re: honesty

    the evidence is just not there, even in radiohead's experiment the majority of people (62%) downloaded their album without paying for it.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9811013-7.html

    so much for that theory...

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 10:59pm

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    thank you. a well played concession.

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:07pm

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    the truth that hurts is that you don't have a point, you seem kinda riled up there... yer an angry fella aren't ya?

    when the pirate bay offers artists a contract and terms better than the labels you'll have a point, until then you got a hand full of gooey stinky brown stuff.

    there are NO contracts and payments to artists from pirate sites. the failure of your logic is to promote a greater injustice to replace a lessor one.

    so where are all those contracts for artists to get paid from the pirate bay? where? let's see those links? you got those? Huh? Where are they?

    Oh yeah, pirate sites rip off artists so they they the pirate site can profit 100% and pay the artists ZERO, Nothing, Nadda, Zippo...

    really man, why do you hate artists so much?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:09pm

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    No contract needed.

    http://www.techdirt.com/blog/casestudies/articles/20120430/04432118703/dan-bulls-free-sin gle-hits-charts.shtml

    "Last week we wrote about Dan Bull's experiment to release a song, "Sharing is Caring" for free via The Pirate Bay (and other sites) and to see if he could still get it to show up in various charts. As we discussed, it definitely was making its way onto the lists of Amazon UK's top hip hop sales. And, on Sunday, the official UK charts came out -- with Sharing is Caring coming in at number 9 on the Indie singles chart and number 35 on the RnB singles chart."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:11pm

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    it's not a strawman, if you are arguing about the injustice of labels, why don't you just provide the links to the contracts and payments the pirate bay is offering to artists so we can all see how much more fair that is than a label contract where the artist actually get's paid.

    it's your argument back up it up, don't be weak and hide behind some bogus strawman claim, you're smarter than that.

    Where are the contracts and payments to artists from the pirate bay? Why do you hate artists so much? Why?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:12pm

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    Yer all "Pirate bay, pirate bay, PIRATE ARRR PIRATE"

    You sound mightily intent that I'm somehow trying to connect this all to saying artists should go on pirate sites and allow themselves to have music shared? When I said -nothing- of the sort? You really -ARE- delusional.

    Why do you hate rationality so much? Umad, bro? Or just trollin'?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:15pm

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    You're offering a strawman.

    " if you are arguing about the injustice of labels, why don't you just provide the links to the contracts and payments the pirate bay is offering to artists" Has ZERO relevance to a damn thing I've said, and is completely out of left field.

    It is *not* my argument. It's the words you're pulling out of your ass.

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:18pm

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    of course not, Rolling Stone doesn't provide contracts when promoting artists, but then again, Rolling Stone isn't illegally exploiting artists against their will, violating copyright, and ripping off the artist for profit, the pirate bay is... that sounds like real oppression to me.

    so where are all those contracts for all of those other THOUSANDS of artists? if the pirate bay is not afraid of the way they abuse artists why don't they let them remove their material?

    the real abuse and oppression is by the pirates who profit and pay artists NOTHING, EVER, not a single penny, while they the pirates continue to get richer and richer.

    Where are those contracts and payments again? Oh, they don't exist... yup, you got nuthin but BS.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:22pm

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    you want to make a point, provide those fair and non-oppressive contracts that pay artists from the pirate bay?

    what? the pirate bay and other pirate site rip off artists 100% and don't offer any kind of contract or payment? wow. crazy...

    just provide a copy of those great artist friendly non-oppressive pirate contracts for artists that actually pay the artists, let's have it.

    let's see how well artist are being treated by corporations profiting from the artists work without ANY contracts or payments.

    Go ahead, provide those contracts.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:23pm

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    You wanna make a point, provide reference where I said anything about the pirate bay that wasn't in direct response to your stupidity and pulling strawmen out of your ass.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:24pm

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    "Pretty much every label study of losses to copying assume 1 copy = 1 lost sale. "

    Not true in the slightest. They do indicate that, if all pirate copies were sales, they would be X amount. Nobody specifically says that each pirated item is a lost sale, only that IF they were lost sales, they would be worth X.

    It really isn't the same thing. It's a bad argument from those looking to belittle the recording industry and to deny what is going on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:26pm

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    Jay, incorrect. As I mentioned above, it's a question of "if every pirated copy was a lost sale, this is the value". There is no direct statement that every pirated copy is a lost sale - at most, it's a lost potential sale.

    The thing is, we know that the recorded music industry dropped 60% in the Napster decade. You would have to be more than slightly daft not to accept that there is some causation here.

    Well, daft or Mike Masnick.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:28pm

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    no, you fail to make a substantive argument, so you claim strawman. oh mommy, strawman, strawman, I can't make a point, starwman, strawman... FAIL.

    labels may be asses, but they are assess who provide contracts and pay artists. there are no contracts or payments to artists from pirate sites who profit 100% while paying the artists 0%

    so your solution to one injustice is to create and promote an even larger injustice. sorry, that's not a strawman, that's just a poor argument on your part and you lose on those grounds.

    the argument is coming from your mouth, so... you might want to watch you are putting your face if you think the argument is coming from my ass, lol.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:30pm

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    it's all above. you can't answer the point because you know you can't.

    there are no artists contracts with the pirate sites who profit 100% while paying the artists 0%

    so are you now saying that pirate site should respect artists and remove any material the artist doesn't want there? are you saying the pirate sites should offer contracts to artists that are more competitive than label contracts and that the pirate sites should honor those contracts?

    pick a lie and stick to it already!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:31pm

    they are not your fans, they are not supporting you, they are stealing from you, if the culture is ok with stealing everything becasue they can, stop producing, then they can't steal

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:32pm

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    f you aren't uber successful, or do something that the labels don't like, they -will- screw you over.

    And yet thousands of less than 'uber successful' artists work with labels all the time, releasing records, making money. I mean getting back to my original point, it's just demeaning to the intelligence of the creative community to suggest even the majority of them (let alone all) blissfully signed abusive contracts, and so far haven't complained other than a few well publicised moans.
    You oh so want it to be true, so you just keep repeating it, hoping it will stick.
    Ask any artist, any artist, almost all of them will tell you they'd prefer a record contract to widespread piracy - if it has to be a choice between the two.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:33pm

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    Wow, you're taking this into whole new levels of territory. First, you can't even cite a source, insisting it's "ALL ABOVE ZOMG", when it kinda... Isn't. Direct quote pl0x.


    I'm not going to try an defend an imaginary argument that you are flat out lying I said.

    This isn't even a strawman any more. It's gotten stupider than that.

    It's a -chewbacca defence-.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChewbaccaDefense

    You're not even worth replying to from here on out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:35pm

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    I never did say a thing about solutions other than "Kickstarter, youtube monetization, or going indie and offering MP3 downloads of your album at a cost".

    You really are desperate at this point, aren't you?

    Troll harder, kthnx.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 11:36pm

    I wont be caught trying to put band aids on cracks in the dam. I'd rather let that bitch flood and build a boat.

    This deserves to be plastered all over the walls of Congress and every boardroom across the whole of the United States. Seriously.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 11:40pm

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    but what's worse is that this isn't about downloaders, it's about the internet and tech corporate fat cats getting rich of your work

    Nice rant, but you're totally wrong. The "tech corporate fat cats" treat artists 100x better than record labels ever did, which is why the labels are running scared.

    El-P, I'm glad you stopped by. Artists' voices are always welcome here. But please do not listen to idiot shills like this guy, for everyone's sake (especially yours).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:43pm

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    "You may not think you are begging, but in the end, that is really what you are doing. "

    A lot of musicans are fan supported. I hope more and more are. There was a recent article on Amanda Palmer and she appears to be doing better with her fans than with her label. I know Marillion was a pioneer in asking fans for pre-orders and tour locations. I heard about them through their efforts to organize a tour and checked them out.

    One of the falliacies is expecting every download to be a sale or lost sale. I'm going to have to look up who this is and their music to know if it is something I'm interested in. One thing confusing to me is why does anyone expect me to buy something before I've heard it.

    Nearly 100% of what I've bought based on a 30-60 second sample, I've deleted. It wasn't what I thought it was. Most of my all time favorites and must-have's I discovered after I had listened to it for awhile. Good music can take time to grow. I like listening as a single, in context with the album and as part of a compliation. It can mean different things to me at different times.

    I'm not going to buy just "to check it out". Consider it advertising that's better than playing on the radio. I also know that I do buy a lot more music when I can explore a wide variety to find what I like. The only way I have of discovering a new band or music is through the internet and transferred to disc or device so that I can actively listen.

    Before the internet I bought zero. I kept to the same stuff that I had listened to for decades largley because I had no idea what I had been missing. When I run into friends now that are listening to decades old "hits" I try to explain there's a lot more out there and it's kind of hard to do because of this myth that music is dying, no money in it and everything comes from a major label or anything that's worth listening to is on the radio / hit chart (which is rubbish).

    Not everyone is going to like everything anymore than not everyone should make a living in the music business just because they want to.

    I would like to make a living at being a visual artist and it's a gamble. Do I expect to be paid everytime someone looks at my work? How do I handle it when someone buys something and in a few years resells it for much more money - why don't I get a cut off that sale too (based on music major label laws)? Does any visual artist make a living (or even a profit) off of a gallery - and if not, why do they keep showing there?

    I keep showing for exposure, i.e. promotion. One of the foundations of copyright law was to encourage new works - not to live off the old forever. If someone copies or reuses, it's because I did something they liked, iconic maybe. But I'm going to try to do it even better next time and that's where I want to make money - not on something old. I have to love what I do and have something to say or add if I expect to make a living at it. It has to be better than just "good". It has to be great and really special. I would be doing it with or without money.

    I tend to expect that of musicians too. They have to love it and have something unique that puts them above the rest. I am amazed (and a little scared) by how creative and talented the average person is. Sometimes I think the only divide is those that are professionals would do it anyway and can't stop. The hobbiest has other priorities.

    I want to see my stuff out there first. Then I'll look at making a living from it. But I never want to feel entittled to make a living at it.

    I haven't read the first article, nor do I know who this is.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:43pm

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    "thank you. a well played concession."

    I agree. He was short, sweet, and right to the heart of the matter.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 1st, 2012 @ 11:48pm

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    the majority of people (62%) downloaded their album without paying for it.

    You missed the second part of the headline: "Even with only a minority paying for the album, a former record industry executive estimates that Radiohead may not have done too badly."

    The number of people who don't pay for an album means absolutely nothing. What matters is if more people paid than would have otherwise, and how much of that goes directly to the band.

    In the end, it turns out that Radiohead made more from that record than from any record they put out on EMI. That's really the only thing that matters... at least if you're truly pro-artist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:54pm

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    Hahahaha!

    I'll bet you wrote that all by yourself didn't you, freakyleakydahboatasinky.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:56pm

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    Nice rant, but you're totally wrong. The "tech corporate fat cats" treat artists 100x better than record labels ever did, which is why the labels are running scared.

    Puuurleeese.
    Keep dreaming.
    Spotify pays artists way less than any label ever did.
    You think I'm grateful to Google who post links to my work on pirate sites, then make some money from advertising off my loss.
    Wake up and smell the coffee dude.
    By the way, I'm an artist so thanks for the welcome invite to have my voice heard here.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 1st, 2012 @ 11:58pm

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    To some extent this is because many artist's just want to create their art and have given up control to do that. It's only been within the last two decades that artist can interact with their fans and publish / produce their own quality material.

    One way to end the copyright battle is to stop signing away management and the business side of their career. You also have to remember that many labels make all sorts promises, shiny new things, big advances that they are selling. They also have a distribution network. It can be hard to turn down.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:01am

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    he number of people who don't pay for an album means absolutely nothing. What matters is if more people paid than would have otherwise, and how much of that goes directly to the band.

    You guys keep talking like no one can take advantage of the internet without the help of pirates.
    Yeah, the internet is great. because of it I don't need a label to reach fans. because of it I can publicise myself on blogs and forums. But because of pirates my music is taken against my wishes. If you were all doing us such a huge favour, the majority of musicians wouldn't be complaining about it.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:02am

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    every lost sale can be attributed to an illegal download.

    This is a joke, right?

    A "lost sale" is simply a consumer who decided not to buy your particular product, for any reason. That can't be attributed solely to "illegal downloads" even in the wettest dreams of a lonely RIAA lobbyist.

    Every potential customer who decides the price is too high is a "lost sale." Every potential customer who can't get the product because of regional restrictions is a "lost sale." Every potential customer who won't buy your product because of restrictive DRM is a "lost sale." Every potential customer who decides to pay rent instead is a "lost sale."

    Most importantly of all, every potential customer who buys an MP3 instead of a CD is counted as a "lost sale" - at least if you're talking about the drop in revenue to the recording industry post-2004.

    Illegal downloads have very little to do with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:14am

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    http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.se/2009/01/riaas-download-equals-lost-sale-theory.html

    "......RIAA’s request problematically assumes that every illegal download resulted in a lost sale. ....."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:15am

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    http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.se/2009/01/riaas-download-equals-lost-sale-theory.html

    "......RIAA’s request problematically assumes that every illegal download resulted in a lost sale. ....."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:17am

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    "and so how do I get a contract with the pirate bay to get paid, could you please provide me with that link? "

    I'd like to know where the attitude came from that thinks anyone who is a musican / artist is entittled to be paid? Some people enjoy making music and would do it whether they got paid or not.

    I'm not saying that no musicians should be paid. What I am saying is that it is a competitive field with a lot of extremely good people in it and a lot more people would like to do it as a profession, but that doesn't mean they should all be successful or making money doing it.

    A lot of people are actors or actresses. Do they all deserve to be in the movies?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:20am

    Tell me why it's apparently a fact that the RIAA doesn't abuse artists in favour of money. I'm not saying it's in the contracts, I'm saying that it -happens-. Contracts can be devilishly worded so that they can be twisted in favour of the other party.

    I never said that piracy was an alternative. I'm arguing that it's shades of grey, and that not every pirated copy is a lost sale, which the labels seem to drive into everything. In fact, labels argue that every pirated copy is worth much, much more than a single sale, to the point where they argue billions of dollars in damages, which, in my opinion, is bullshit. And, any -successful- lawsuits, all the money goes to the lawyers and the labels. Not the artists.

    The solution to piracy is not attacking it. The solution is actually offering a service that's up to date with technology.

    I'm in NZ. I can't view netflix. I can't view hulu, or hulu plus. Where can I watch movies online? Where is a legal way to do that?

    Oh, right.

    I can't.

    Arbitrary licensing restrictions placed on by the folks at the MPAA/etc.

    I can't use Google Movies. I can't watch TV shows through iTunes or buy season passes.

    The only damn thing the industry does here is provide Steam. And guess how many steam games I own? Over a hundred. Because they're reasonably priced, and readily available, without intrusive, clunky DRM that restricts customer rights.

    I want to be served. And it's just not happening. This is meerly an example.

    If they offered Netflix here, with a decent selection? HELL YES I'd pay for it.

    But, why stop there? Why not go further. You see, pirates are going to pirate, whether they like it or not. What's to stop them from offering DRM-free copies of shows that you can download and store on your hardrive in formats like AVI, MKV and MP4? People would pay through the nose to get that privilege. Instead, the entertainment industry shoves it's foot in the idea, accusing piracy of making them unable to do it. Do they not realise that if they don't offer content in a similar way that pirates do, only paid, people would 100% use it?

    Sorry, I've gone off on a tangent here, but this is one of the things that really grinds my gears. They bitch about piracy so much, yet the obvious solution is right in their face, and they seem to think that suing people is a better alternative than innovating.

    It's a similar situation in the music industry. But the difference is, with stuff like iTunes? The music industry is farther along than the movie and TV industry. The web is world wide. Why can't they take advantage of that?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:26am

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    And don't get me wrong. I don't pirate often. I go to movies to see ones I like-- I saw Transformers 3 twice, in 3D. I saw The Avengers in 3D.

    I buy DVD's. I buy CD's. I buy games.

    What bugs me is that they aren't doing anything to solve the apparent problem that's worth trying to pass draconian laws that shatter privacy and the first amendment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:39am

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    Show me a Walmart site or a radio station with a contract with a muscian.

    P2P is a distribution system. It's also exposure. Radio is dead. They aren't comparable to a record label.

    Why would anyone buy something they hadn't heard before? There is a much greater chance of selling your music after someone hears it.

    This whole thing sounds anti-competitive. It used to be the radio was the gateway with apx 50 singles making a rotation. There would be one song that stood out from the rest.

    Now there are thousands easily available with a handful standing out from the rest. The odds got a lot worse for musicians. As a listener, I can sample regional and foreign markets in addition to traditional national and local acts. I can also sample unsigned or hobbyist musicians. That raises the bar.

    As a consumer I like to think that talent will be rewarded over marketing and promotion. I know that's not entirely true, but I think a no label, talented musician has a much better shot of making it now than they did 20 years ago. It also means that potential fans need to do a lot of sampling in order to find them.

    What Pirate Bay offers is exposure to a potential market. People buy zero of what they haven't been exposed to.

    ttp://boingboing.net/2012/04/17/pirate-bays-promo-bay-fl.html

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:46am

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    Spotify pays artists way less than any label ever did.


    Spotify isn't a label. However, I *did* just see the details of a study done by someone *inside* the recording industry, showing that Spotify actually pays *significantly more than radio* when you compare on a per-play basis. And considering that's what Spotify is really replacing, the evidence certainly suggests Spotify pays quite well.

     

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    drew (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:00am

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    "But because of pirates my music is taken against my wishes" I think the word is "copied" not "taken"; your music is still there, right where you left it.
    "the majority of musicians wouldn't be complaining about it" citation please? Guess what I can pull a "majority of musicians think that obscurity is a bigger problem than piracy" statement out of my arse too, based on all the musicians I know.

     

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    drew (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:02am

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    Seriously dude? More money is going into the wider music industry now than ever, it's just not going via the recording industry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:05am

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    Silly you thinking you need a contract to get paid.

    The only one spewing complete BS here is you. Clearly you must work for a label because every post of yours has "contract" in it somewhere. Either that or you truly enjoy getting bent over the table for your regular flesh to flesh colonoscopy after signing away all your rights.

     

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    drew (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:14am

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    "Ask any artist, any artist, almost all of them will tell you they'd prefer a record contract to widespread piracy - if it has to be a choice between the two." aaand let's have that citation again.
    You're a musician right? You're selling your music right?
    Where are you selling it? How are you selling it? Who are you even?
    You obviously really care about this stuff, but here you are in a thread that hundreds of people are reading, and you're not even linking back to your music site?
    Here's the thing, I'm a musician too. In two clicks you can go from my comment here to my bandcamp site where people can buy my music (this has happened a few times already when I've posted here).
    But I'm not a great musician.
    I'm ok and, thankfully, some people like my songs enough to support me and pay me some money to cover things like producing limited run CDs and paying my petrol to gigs and the like.
    But I am not good enough to have been picked up by a label. That's the way it is. Pre-internet I would have made the square root of fuck-all from my music - I know this, because that's what's happened.
    Instead I've got many more people listening to our music, I can do gigs further afield (when I can pull my finger out of my arse and sort it out) and I've got people who'll pay for downloads.
    So a load of people have downloaded and listened to it for free?
    You know what I say to them?
    Woohoo! Enjoy! Hope to see you at a gig sometime!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:16am

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    That just sounds like the arguments people made against radio and still you people make money.

    Everybody takes from the musician apparently except the musician OMG how musicians survive?

    Also explain why you are different from a fashion designer that has no protections and still manage to make a living, how are you different from a carpenter that has no protections and still manages to make a living.

    That you people don't like to talk about it because it exposes, that nonsense you call it yours, your music is the one you perform, is the one you sell to others through your merch, it is not what others enjoy for free, that is a vector and can lead to other places but you don't like that do you, in your little world everybody should pay only you, but that is not going to happen anymore.

     

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    drew (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:23am

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    "So what would I prefer? Getting paid or not getting paid. I think I'd chose getting paid?"
    See my post above, I've already made more money via the internet than I ever would have from a label.
    Funnily enough, I choose getting paid as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:26am

    Re: Re: honesty

    From your poor choice of a link to attempt prove your point...

    "Castle, who has represented singer Sheryl Crow and worked for A&M Records, said that the money-generating lifespan of an album can last as long as two years. It starts when an act releases a record and is extended when the performer goes on a concert tour."

    So tell me then, if 2 years is the "money-generating lifespan of an album", how is it in anyway just for copyrights to extend 70 years after the death of the artist?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:29am

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    And you are using Google assets to attack Google.
    Have you paid them already?

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:29am

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    "Spotify pays artists way less than any label ever did."

    How much do Wal Mart, Sirius and ClearChannel pay them? You may as well start comparing apples to apples. Spotify are not, nor have ever claimed to be, a record label.

    "You think I'm grateful to Google who post links to my work on pirate sites, then make some money from advertising off my loss."

    I'm sure they also point to the legal retailers selling your stuff as well, Do you also hate them for that, or are you sulking because you don't think legal retailers pay you enough? Judging by your level of business sense and maturity displayed here, you've probably boycotted all legal retailers then whine when your music doesn't sell. Hell, you don't even know the difference between a record label and a radio station, so your business credentials are rather suspect...

    "By the way, I'm an artist"

    As ever, citation needed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:30am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Quote:
    In a 16-page opinion, District Judge James P. Jones, sitting in the Western Disrict of Virginia, denied the RIAA's request for restitution, holding the RIAA's reasoning to be unsound:

    http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/2009/01/riaas-download-equals-lost-sale-theo ry.html

    Happy now?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:31am

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    No they actually file lawsuits claiming that crap and get bitch slapped in courts all over the world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:32am

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    Anything digital that's comprised of 1s and 0s can be downloaded with the same ease. The only difference is how much hard drive space it will use and the actual time of the download.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:34am

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    Since when people couldn't get music for free?

    I do remember radio putting "1 Hr non-stop music" what do you think that was for?

    3M made a fortune in cassette tapes, nobody complained then.

    Even today you can find all the crap you want for free and legally.

    Are you going to stop putting music on VEVO?

    So no, piracy is not really your problem nor is free, is your crazy entitlement mentality and laws that enables you to be that dense.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:36am

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    Are you aware of the Pareto's Rule?

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:36am

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    "They do indicate that, if all pirate copies were sales, they would be X amount. Nobody specifically says that each pirated item is a lost sale, only that IF they were lost sales, they would be worth X."

    Which is a strawman and an idiotic misdirection. If they're fully aware that this will never happen, why are these figures even discussed?

    Perhaps if these studies were based on realistic figures and not pie-in-the-sky unachievable figures, they would be taken more seriously? Perhaps start with an intellectually honest study that accepts that free downloads can have effects in the opposite direction (e.g. people buying copies and/or supporting artists in other ways after having listened to a pirated copy - and YES this does happen).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:37am

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    Liar, the RIAA frequently file lawsuits claiming that all downloads are lost sales, along with their MPAA pals Jack Valenti that may be in hell by now and Chris Dodd.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:47am

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    Well if the musicians didn't act like spoiled brats they wouldn't be treated condescendingly.

    How condescending is to say "Look you don't understand how hard it is to work as a musician", everybody understand perfectly, everybody knows how hard it is to work, because everybody works or worked at some point so everyone understands how hard it is.

    Which is why nobody is going to accept special treatment for any class of people, specially if it impinges on their own rights.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:48am

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    "but every lost sale can be attributed to an illegal download. "

    Bullshit. The last album sale a major label lost from me was the soundtrack to The Raid, which I wasn't allowed to buy due to regional restrictions. I can cite other sales lost as a direct result of high pricing, low quality previews or tracks unavailable outside of an album package. None of these have anything to do with piracy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Do you need a contract to distribute music to your fans?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Didn't David Bowie dump his record label exactly because he was tired of getting screwed by them?

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,623107,00.html

    McCartney I believe founded his on label did he not?

    If I look around I am certain I can find Sting, stinging labels too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    When was that any musician ever required a contract from fans to share anything?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:55am

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    Of course they do, the brainwashed always will prefer the shackles instead of freedom, they don't know how to live in a free world.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:58am

    Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Not really, fans are those who like something and look for it and get whatever they can get their hands on.

    Recently though I don't see crowds of people screaming or stalking musicians anymore do you?

    There are no more superstars is there?

    Keep threading on people and you will have your wishes come true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:59am

    Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    The no payments and contracts is for you to decide.

    The IP laws that grant you certain monopolies is for the people to decide if they agree with it or not.

    The internet will not help you with that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:01am

    Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    How open source people get contracts, when everybody is free to copy, distribute, modify and even sell without asking for permission to do anything?

    How fashion people survive?

    How McDonalds become one of the biggests restaurants business in the world?

    How Coca-Cola managed?

    Why do you believe you are entitled to a monopoly that is so out of reality is now threatening democracy itself?

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:09am

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    "Getting paid or not getting paid"

    False dichotomy, which not only assumes that using TPB will not get you paid, but that using traditional methods will. History is full of people with different experiences than the outcomes you assume...

    "Where can I get a contract to get paid by the pirate bay and other sites operating illegally?"

    Why do you think you need a contract to get paid by a system offering you free advertising?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:49am

    Re:

    >if the culture is ok with stealing everything becasue they can, stop producing, then they can't steal

    No, then they create instead of throwing a tantrum like you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:06am

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    But you guys don't even want to pay once.
    OK, let's talk copyright, but you can't negotiate copyright while you're taking the product without paying for it.. not even once.
    Everyone on your list gets paid at least once.
    Are fashion items free, is coca cola free, the happy meal?
    So why should records be free?

     

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    The eejit (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:36am

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    +1. I may disagree with El-P on where his outlook is, but I can absolutely appreciate the why. A well-thought assessment of what may be needed in the copyright arena.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: being a human being and explaining why you're unhappy with things is a lot better than demonizing the opposition in opening negotiations.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:37am

    Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    " If I'm not OK with that, you should respect my choice to continue to sell my music. If you don't want to buy it, don't take it against my wishes."

    All I can say to that is, don't be so anonymous AC. Tell us who you are so we can happily avoid paying you or listening to your music.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:49am

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    Yeah, that's what I thought. I don't want to buy his music, but until he outs his identity, I can't be sure I'm not buying it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:08am

    Begging for money from "fans" isn't begging? Another Techdirt head scratcher.

     

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    John Doe, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:10am

    Same could be said of the fans

    In these debates (no matter what venue) the artist almost always seems to be treated/viewed as a child. Either we don't understand what's good for us, can't control what's happening to us, can't comprehend what's bad for us or we are not wise enough to be grateful for what we are handed. It's a debate that rages on almost exclusively without the input of the artist themselves

    This same thing could be said about how the fans/public are treated. The copyright industry is doing their best to turn the public into criminals and locking down content for forever minus a day. We get rootkits, DRM, FBI warnings, license servers that may or may not be up when we play our video games and so on. All this for people who actually paid for their content. As for the pirates, well they circumvent all this stuff so it is of no bother to them.

    The artists are on the other side of the equation and often have little to no control over the situation as well. So what we are stuck with are the middlemen making a lot of noise trying to exert control over the rest of us. So what needs to happen? The middlemen need to be eliminated. They are quickly becoming unnecessary overhead and yet they have all the power. This needs to end.

    Hopefully what you will find here is not a bunch of freetards and pirates, but people who are fully willing to pay for content and Mike advocating ways for artists to make money through smarter, modern business models.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by, it is always nice to hear from someone on the other side of the equation.

     

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    martyburns (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    >> even in the wettest dreams of a lonely RIAA lobbyist.

    +1

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:44am

    Re: Re: honesty

    the evidence is just not there, even in radiohead's experiment the majority of people (62%) downloaded their album without paying for it.

    And of those quite a few probably downloaded the album without listening to it (doen that a few times - even for things I have paid for)

    and how many of those 62% would have paid if that was forced on them?

    The point is never how many paople downloaded and didn't pay. The only point is those who did pay and how much they paid.

    I would regard anyone who received the amount of money Radiohead received for the amount of work they did and then proceeded to whine about the people who didn't pay as an ungrateful idiot.

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    But because of pirates my music is taken against my wishes.

    Change your wishes then - because that is the thing you CAN change.

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:52am

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    actually they do buy stuff, they buy video games which are harder to pirate, but not much music, which they can get for free.

    Then the solution is to create music for video games then.

    Seriously you need to accept that videogames have created a new option for entertainment spending - and that was always going to reduce the market for music, with or without piracy.

     

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    Niall (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Oh, it's probably safe that you're in no danger of buying it, it's likely to be *so* obscure... and he's lapping up every RIAA 'promise' that he'll make it big... some day. if it weren't for those pesky pirates!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    To all those saying "well why doesnt pirate bay give contracts to artists, if their sooo much better then media company's, whahh whahh wahh", which i might add, was started by some twat here, putting words in another commenters mouth, which is usually a sign of someone who values their own opinion above all else, truth honesty and betterment optional, but not required.

    But back to my point, where is pirate bay gonna get this "mony" to pay artists?
    What do you think would happen if pirate bay started a business model in order to earn "this cash" which they will be paying to the artists?
    I tell you what will happen, more direct intervention and cock blocking by those in the same business, and then the inevitable techdirt whiners

    " YOU SEE, bunch of thiefs making money of media company PROPERTIES, i was right always have been, in your face, freeterds"

    While convienintly ignoring the reason behind it, and the "in your face" FACT, that these actions would create a direct competitor, in this case superior competitor in regards to delivery, to those that are trying to bash, shame, and creating laws to make it legal to essentially destroy competition

    In a nut shell, to those particular techdirt commenters putting words in other peoples mouths in order to BASH, and that IS what their goal is, i say

    "Fuck Y'all, kool aid drinking, motherfckers"

    Stay stale, and rot, metaphysically speaking

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:59am

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    The thing is, we know that the recorded music industry dropped 60% in the Napster decade. You would have to be more than slightly daft not to accept that there is some causation here.

    No - there is only correlation - and here are some other correlated things

    1) The cost of CD's stays high - despite the fact that evryone knows they now cost pennies to make.

    2) My generation have completed the process of replacing their vinyl with CD. I stopped buying CDs duriing that period - apart from purchases made direct from the artist at concerts.

    The piracy hypothesis is not required to explain the figures.

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:01am

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    A lot of musicans are fan supported. I hope more and more are.

    Actually all musicians are fan supported - and always have been - with the notable exception of a few gentlemen of independent means - such as Henry VIII.

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    then point out ways I'm wrong, give citations."

    here ya go:
    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/meet-the-new-boss-worse-than-the-old-boss-full-p ost /


    Well actually the title says it all - "worse than the old boss" already implies that the old boss was bad - so you haven't made your point - you've undermined it!

     

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    Niall (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:08am

    Re:

    Basically yes, if you define infringing as 'stealing' then yes, as a whole society seems to be ok with that. Just like as a whole, society tolerates limited speeding.

    Notice that actual stealing, i.e. shoplifting, isn't tolerated - but people still make concessions to its effects.

     

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    Niall (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:09am

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    Asking for money isn't begging. But by some definitions, putting a shiny plastic disc in a storefront is 'begging' someone to buy it.

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    I dunno, maybe you can post the mental health records of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Sting, Mick Fleetwood, Bruce Springsteen proving how crazy they were to sign a major label contract time and time and time again.

    You cite artists who had long enough careers to survive the first contract. Once you are an established artist the deals are better because they know you can always walk away and get a better deal somewhere else.

    Those artists you mention will have had a 2% royalty on their first deal (information supplied by Pete Townsend of The Who).

    Richard Branson built a huge company on the basis of offering a better deal than the established labels - according to economic and business theory that should not be possible if those deals were already fair.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:25am

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    "and how many of those 62% would have paid if that was forced on them?"

    ...and the other factor people who whine about this tend to ignore - how many downloaded for free, listened *then* decided to pay? IIRC there was no way to simply donate, so paying for another copy would have meant downloading a "paid" copy on top of the "free" copy, thus skewing the statistics.

    Among the many assumptions made in this by the pro-label folks, the idea that someone may obtain an album for free, and then are guaranteed to never, ever pay a penny later on down the line is one of the silliest. It's not only ridiculous, but it betrays an utter lack of understand of how people actually consume music.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:40am

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    I'm going to buy his album because of that quote. No joke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:56am

    Screw your fans...

    Your cat needs love!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:57am

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    But you guys don't even want to pay once.

    Who ever said that?

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:06am

    Re: Re: honesty

    I paid fairly little for the download and purchased the physical disc when it came out. I wonder how many of the 62% went out and bought the physical afterward? Essentially that throws your theory out with the trash.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Take a read at the comments, remember DeeLite? Well the singer replied and said that Lowery's claims of 30%+ royalties were unheard-of in her circles. 12% was more realistic so she says.

    I would not make the assumption that because Lowery claims the good 'ol days were good and now sucks (the rest of his article(s) were mostly a rant and were built off the concept that you have to sell copies to make money, along with some anti-tech company banter with wrong assumptions for his rant).

     

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    DC, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:01am

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    So if you are an artists, why don't you tell us who you are?

    Since you are AC, and that reply was to freaky, why would you think the response was a welcome to you?

    The labels well documented abuse of artists should be undeniable at this point.

    Hating on Google? Really? A search engine?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:04am

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    Artists that say the every pirate just tells them to sell tshirts are dumb. They have proven that they have not read a damn thing. Look more into the articles of CwF+RtB. RtB does not say "sell tshirts and you'll do fine."

    You want to be taken seriously? Stop cherrypicking a piece of the argument and extrapolating that premise to the entire argument, thus providing yourself with a strawman fallcy.

    Instead read all presented premises and the actual argument presented. Otherwise expect backlash when you complain "you just want us to sell tshirts and give our music away" which isn't want anyone here suggested.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:08am

    Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Is the Pirate Bay taking ownership of their rights? No.

    Is the Pirate Bay charging them fees for distribution? No.

    Is the Pirate Bay providing them with an advance which they must fully recoup otherwise the artist has to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying back the advance? No.

    Is the Pirate Bay making money off of the artist and charging them for services (but not paying for said service with the money they already made)? No.

    Is the Pirate Bay's income supporting the FREE distribution mechanism for any artist to disperse (or fans or enemies or people who just want to share and do care or don't care) via ads but charging the artists nothing more? Yes.

    Is the Pirate Bay loaded with money and charging users fees, in addition to ad-revenue, and raking in the cash? No (see the damn court case - proven they ain't got the cash IFPI said they did).

    So when you have a free service, that is free to you, should you be paid in addition to being provided a free distribution service? NO!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    We'll provide a link when you provide a link that the Pirate Bay charges YOU for services provided.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:13am

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    95% to 60%? Citation needed (with actual valid math, not numbers pulled out of one's backside, ie: IFPI).

     

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    Nigel (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    As usual the AC's completely miss the point. There is no crappy contract. Its called free distribution and exposure. Key work there being free. I will take that over all my cash going to the Rubes at the RIAA everyday of the week.

    Nigel

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:14am

    Re: Re: honesty

    How much did they make compared to previous label supported releases again?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:16am

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    "Nice rant, but you're totally wrong. The "tech corporate fat cats" treat artists 100x better than record labels ever did, which is why the labels are running scared."

    That's fantastic news, just show me that contract and terms from the Pirate Bay is issuing artists, and how much they are paying and we can compare that to a record label contract.

    Don't worry, I'll wait for you to show me the contract artists are getting from the Pirate Bay? Uh what? The Pirate Bay actually makes 100% of the money and pays the artists 0% of the money... oh, yeah, that's definitely 100xs better... for The Pirate Bay...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:21am

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    Spotify is NOT replacing radio. Radio wasn't on demand. Spotify is actually launching an internet radio service to compete with Pandora. Man, you guys don't even understand the most basic concepts do you?

    Pandora = Radio. Spotify = Retail Subscription. Pandora = Win. Spotify = Fail.

    Spotify is a disaster for artists, which is why many of them are leaving the service. Spotify in a panic is now launching a Pandora like service so that 1) no one can opt out (due to it being like radio and not retail) and 2) so they can grow a subscriber base to (hopefully) migrate to the on demand (not radio) service.

    Pitching Spotify's on demand service as a replacement for radio is an outright lie. Terrestrial radio is still the #1 driver for music sales. Spotify cannibalizes music sales.

    You really need to educate yourself. Actually I'm sure you already know all this, it's just in your interest to not tell the truth.

     

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    Cowardly Anonymous, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:22am

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    The thing is, we know that the recorded music industry dropped 60% in the Napster decade.


    Getting busted for price fixing and having a new platform that allows indie musicians to functionally compete had nothing to do with it at all.

    /sarc

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:25am

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    hating on tech companies taking 100% of the money and paying the artists 0%. where are the contracts for artists to get paid from piracy?

    tell you what, when google starts sharing the ad revenue with the artists they are monetizing advertising against on pirate sites you'll have a point, until than you have the usual BS.

    let's just see how fair these artists contracts are from the pirate bay? Oh, what's that? The pirate bay does not give artists contracts or payments? FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:26am

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    Rolling Stone had the power, back in the day, to give artists a huge burst of publicity and sales via their articles, or the complete opposite. The masses followed like sheep.

    So they could indeed hurt the artists careers!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:28am

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    Radiohead could only have made more because EMI invested millions and millions of dollars into the band being "Radiohead."

    For the bands without the support of millions in corporate financing there is no upshot. More music is stolen than purchased and if every band had no label, the numbers would not grow. Ask all the hobbyists on Tunecore making an average of $277 a year. Wow, that's a living. That will pay the rent.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:30am

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    says you. the wild west wasn't wild forever and neither will the internet be. boo hoo.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:30am

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    And the price fixing had nothing to do with that.

    Nor the fact that people were replacing worn out vinyl and stretched/chewed cassette tapes.

    The devil is in the details and the only people will the full demographical information containing proof that new sales were dropping before Napster and people were replacing old, previous purchased formats are the labels. The same companies who won't ever let that cat out of the bag because they know it would discredit their so-called studies. All we have are samples that prove such. No mass collection.

    Want that proof? Indict the labels and subpoena their financial and data records.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:32am

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    Go re-read the articles on the court case against The Pirate Bay and see for yourself they DO NOT HAVE PROFITS! They barely earn a living! And many legitimate uses/content is shared through the Pirate Bay.

    Get off it, you sound like Lowery and his anti-Google/Apple rant.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:35am

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    no, the point is the OP in this thread asserted, "I truly believe most fans will support the artists they like."

    that is not true as 62% of Radiohead FANS paid nothing for the bands album when the band gave them a choice to pay, or not. So this argument is FALSE.

    you can move the goal posts, and you can change the conversation, but the fact remains the assertion that "fans will support the artists they like" is absolutely false if given the choice to obtain the album for free, even if illegally so.



    FAIL, Next...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:36am

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    Spotify DOES less!

    Does Spotify provide advances? Marketing? Take control of copyrights? Hinder artist creativity? No!

    So why the hell should Spotify pay the artist more?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:37am

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    "I wonder how many of the 62% went out and bought the physical afterward? Essentially that throws your theory out with the trash."

    no, there's no data to support that claim. what data we do have is that 62% of the bands FANS decided not to pay the band for their album.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:40am

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    They made more because they EMI had already spent millions making them "Radiohead." Why don't you show me an example of this model working for a band that wasn't built on millions of dollars of promotion and marketing money?

    Go ahead, let's see that LIST of artists? You know like all the artists on Tunecore making an average of $2179 per year.

    Wow, That's success!

    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/042511tunecore#dLuDbcK_0fMVeNKJf4N0QQ

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:42am

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    That's fantastic news, just show me that contract and terms from the Pirate Bay is issuing artists, and how much they are paying and we can compare that to a record label contract.

    First, the Pirate Bay isn't a label. Second, the Pirate Bay isn't distributing music, they are pointing to where music is being distributed, and third, Pirate Bay is not the tech corporate fat cats.

    You complain because nobody else understands what is going on here, but it is quite clear that you sir, are the clueless one.

    But keep thrusting your fist in the air. Eventually you'll stop the world, or get struck by lightening.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:45am

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    You mean like there is no data to prove piracy is harmful either?

    Shocking.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:45am

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    Spotify pays artists way less than any label ever did.

    But they pay more than terrestrial radio, which is their closest analog equivalent.

    You think I'm grateful to Google who post links to my work on pirate sites, then make some money from advertising off my loss.

    You think Google posts links to your work on pirate sites? That's utterly ridiculous. Not even the rabid Google haters claim this.

    And none of the big "pirate sites" use Adwords. I'm sure there are a few that slip through the cracks, but almost none of Google's profits come from them.

    On the other hand, if you're a YouTube partner, most people can make more money from YouTube videos than they ever could from traditional media companies. (Not hard, since the amount of money most artists make from traditional media companies is zero.)

    Besides, "tech corporate fat cats" don't just include Google and Spotify. It also includes iTunes (which pays much more directly to artists than labels ever did), Amazon, SoundCloud, CD Baby, Tunecore, etc.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:46am

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    no cherry picking. simple logic. by telling artist the money is in t-shirts and touring, you are admitting there is no money for artists in the cyber/digital/online economy. that is self evident. if it needs further explaining I can't help you.

    also, forcing artists to make money from touring and merchandising is a step BACKWARDS. It's not innovation to take a 40 year leap BACKWARDS. So much for your argument of innovation when the best thing you can offer is sending artists BACKWARDS 40 years.

    if the online models were truly innovative they wouldn't need to illegally exploit artists and creators to get the models to work. the models would work with innovative new content.

    So where are all those bands and movies being financed by the pirate bay and other pirate sites? how come these guys have a business model ONLY when they can monetize the work and labor of someone else?

    Even Google's Chief Economist knows you are WRONG...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:47am

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    You do understand that according to observations of the real world only 20% or less would at any given time pay for it anyways right?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle

    There go educate yourself so you don't look so dumb when talking out of your ass.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:48am

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    After copyrights ends :)

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:51am

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    OK, so Spotify is a retailer rather than a radio station. That still doesn't make them a label nor a substitute for a label, which was your original claim.

    Are you capable of presenting an argument without strawmen, misdirections and outright lies? Can you even keep up the same argument without moving goalposts every time you're shown to be wrong? It really doesn't look like it to me...

    "Pitching Spotify's on demand service as a replacement for radio is an outright lie. "

    No, it's not. That's what I use it for, and I suspect a great many other people as well. For many people, it's also a replacement for PIRACY (it's usually far quicker and easier to stream a Spotify album than download a torrent of the album). That means people who would normally pirate actually pay for their content. Why do you oppose this?

    "Spotify is a disaster for artists"

    Citation needed. A few indie labels leaving doesn't prove this, especially since most of those labels seem to have had the same panics over other services (e.g. eMusic).

    At least provide a citation for how artists (not labels) get less from Spotify than they did from labels, because all the figures I've seen suggest the opposite...

    "Spotify in a panic is now launching a Pandora like service"

    Huh? Sorry if I'm not sure what the hell you're blathering on about here, not least because unlike Pandora, I'm actually permitted to use Spotify. Care to explain?

    "Terrestrial radio is still the #1 driver for music sales."

    Citation needed.

    "Spotify cannibalizes music sales. "

    Citation needed.

    "You really need to educate yourself."

    Oh yes, everybody else is wrong apart from you, yet you fail to present even a shred of proof for your own claims. I wonder why...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:52am

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    Did you pay royalties for the people who enable you to be a musician like the software people, hardware manufacturers, car manufacturers, farmers and so forth?

    No, why should Google has to pay anything to you then?
    They don't use anything from you, their job is to index the web and they do that and you want a cut?

    That is why don't feel sorry for you people.
    Pirates should take it all and give nothing because you guys are not worth anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:54am

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    "No they actually file lawsuits claiming that crap and get bitch slapped in courts all over the world."

    looks to me like it was Jaime Thomas and Joel Tenenbaum who got bitch slapped. Even a Harvard Law Prof couldn't argue effectively against the illegal exploitation of artists work without consent or compensation.

    FAIL.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:55am

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    Ask all the hobbyists on Tunecore making an average of $277 a year. Wow, that's a living. That will pay the rent.

    Um. And how much do you think hobbyist musicians were making before Tunecore? Were they better off selling hand-burned CDs to the crowd of twenty people at the local bar?

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    The wild west wasn't a progressive event while the internet has been.

    Then again, we all know you're just afraid of change.

     

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    Togashi (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    I take pride in possibly being the one to introduce you to Nightwish. I know I mentioned Imaginaerum a while back on here (specifically here), and it feels good to introduce people to things they end up liking. If it was just independent discovery, then kudos on finding such a great album/band :)

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    One of the recent developments I've noticed in the ACs' loosening grip on reality is that now they're flailing out against anybody in the tech sector, regardless of their actual role. They seem to be trying to apply the same expectations on the likes of Spotify and Tunecore as they would a record label, even though they do completely different things. They whine about Amazon and Apple not doing the same things as a traditional book publisher, despite the fact they don't claim to. They whine that Kickstarter don't get directly involved in the businesses they help fund, even though that's not their aim nor their remit.

    They're increasingly not even addressing reality at this point. It's pathetic, but it makes countering their "points" a lot easier...

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    If anyone's giving Google lots of advertising money, it's the major labels, not Pirate Bay. You are the FAIL.

    And Google offers lots of ways for artists to share ad revenue. Make a video of your song and put it on Youtube, and you can share ad revenue. It's pretty simple, and doesn't require any middleman recording industry.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:59am

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    "At least provide a citation for how artists (not labels) get less from Spotify than they did from labels"

    The last word there should have been radio stations...

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:01am

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    "But keep thrusting your fist in the air. Eventually you'll stop the world, or get struck by lightening."

    I'm always reminded of this, and he's just as effective:

    http://images.wikia.com/simpsons/images/b/b1/Hi.jpg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:01am

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    Is the Pirate Bay paying artists anything. NO.

    Is the Pirate Bay respecting artists. NO.

    Is the Pirate Bay sharing the profit with artists. NO.

    The pirate bay is NOT a free service, nor does it provide the artists with any service. The Pirate Bay is a FOR PROFIT company making 100% of the money and paying artists 0%.

    If anything you are saying is true, than why not let the artists decide for themselves? Hmmm... probably because the pirate bay has no business without illegally exploiting artists and keeping 100% of the money... that number again is the pirate bay keeping 100% of the money and paying artists ZERO percent.

    FAIL.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:02am

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    You do realize there are a bunch of ways to support an artist right? Radiohead routinely sells out HUGE concerts. And the 62% figure from their experiment does not take into account anyone who also went out and bought the album at a record store or from somewhere online. Pre-release sales of that album beat their previous album, which was not available for free. The vinyl edition was also the top-selling vinyl album of the year.

    Radiohead is doing just fine. Their fans are rabidly supporting them. You can't just pluck one figure and claim that it proves it's "FALSE" that people want to support artists.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    Hmmm...there is this girl called Bibber have you heard of him?
    She started on the internet I believe.

    There are a lot more people though that are making 6 figures just on Youtube alone.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_YouTube_personalities

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:04am

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    Here's a response from Jeff Price, head of Tunecore, on that:

    " ... if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts, we are not going to be able to solve our problems...[W]e get distracted by side shows and carnival barkers..."

    This "average income" conversation is the strangest I think I have come across in quite some time. First off, the "Average" income is a useless, silly and non-sensical figure to calculate. Some artists make a lot of money from the sale of their music, others make a moderate amount and still others make very little. I'm not certain what the point is. It would be the same as stating the average amount of money for a band on a major label is Lady GaGa + Eminem + Jay-Z's income added into all the other bands and then divided. Huh?

    In addition, revenue generated is not limited to income from the sale of music: this is a calculation that those unfamiliar with the industry tend to quote. The instant an artist writes or records an original song, whether writing it down on a cocktail napkin or singing it into an iPhone, the artist gets six exclusive legal copyrights as granted by the government.

    These six legal copyrights (in no particular order) are:

    Reproduction
    Derivatives
    Public Display
    Public Performance
    Distribution
    Digital Transmission

    Each one generates revenue for the songwriter/artist. The sale of music just touches on one of the six, "Distribution." The other five also generate revenue, and in some cases, that money comes to more than what they make on the sale of the music. And then there is merch income, touring income and many more (Future Of Music Coalition is going a great study on this)

    But the real story is that actually more music being distributed, bought, sold, streamed, shared, discovered and generating revenue now than at any point in history We are sitting in the middle of a transformation of a sector, and the conversation is about a silly useless statistic around dividing Lady Gags's income into other people's bottom line?

    There are hundreds of thousands of artists who, for the first time, have access to distribution and the opportunity to be discovered, and are actually making at least some money off their art. No, not everyone is going to be a mega superstar--to suggest as much is ridiculous (and also why the major labels have a historical 98% failure rate). Yes, there are still the mega superstars, but now we have an emerging lower, middle and upper class of musicians who are able to generate revenue, fame and notoriety through their craft.

    Let's not get distracted by the sideshows, carnival barkers of other pseudo music sites who make up silly little numbers to be sensational in an attempt to drive web traffic to make money off advertising.

    Jeff Price
    TuneCore

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:05am

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    what's desperate is the attempt to justify the wrong doing of the pirate bay who make 100% of the money and pay artists 0%.

    that's ZERO money paid to artists. ZERO.

    That's desperate indeed that a business model is sooooo bad, that it requires ripping off artists 100% so that they can make their MILLIONS.

    Labels Pay Artists. Pirates Don't.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:06am

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    Yeah it was a huge success, which is precisely why Radiohead chose not to repeat the experiment when they released King Of Limbs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charice_Pempengco

    Got a gig on Glee and started on Youtube LoL

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:08am

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    I read that as 62% of the people who would have never bought my album are now listening to it. That's much better than having a bunch of people NOT listen to my music.

    How does El-P expect me to become a fan? Because of his clever name? I have to hear the music first. The first goal is to get the music into everyone's ears. If radio's not going to do it for you, what are your options.

    Artists complain about people downloading for free, but they have no qualms about people watching their video for free (which is actually much more work to produce), or streaming the music for free, or hearing it on the radio for free. From the fan's point of view - what's the difference?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:11am

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    and uhm, labels actually pay the artists, and pirates actually don't. so when it comes time to pay the rent, it's better to get paid.

    but what's worse is, if an artist doesn't sign to a label, they still can't get paid from pirates (who are making 100% of the money)

    so you are asking artists to not get paid, so that they can have no hope of getting paid for the consumption of their music.

    asking artists to tour and sell t-shirts is an outright admission that there is no money for musicians in the online economy, and further more, it's a step backwards of about 40-50 years... that's how artists did it before the internet and you want them to go backwards not forwards.

    of course anyone can put an album up via tunecore, but the average tunecore artist is only making $179 a year...

    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/042511tunecore#dLuDbcK_0fMVeNKJf4N0QQ

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:11am

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    Fantastic execution, but, still, fuck you man.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:14am

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    The point, Marcus, is that the potential of such "DIY" services, as a replacement for label support, have been routinely overblown. If you support art and artists, then ultimately you do want some of them to have the chance to make an okay living from their work. For now, the label system is helping artists do that far more than Tunecore or the battery of "DIY" services.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:14am

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    Oh snap...apparently Itunes pays less per song download to artists than Tunecore...

    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111103labelpays

    I guess Tunecore is not all so bad.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:14am

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    and guess which gig is actually paying the bills? youtube or glee? hmmm, let me guess... Glee.

    same with beiber, is youtube paying the bills or interscope records. hmmm, let me guess... Interscope Records.

    pick a lie and stick to it.

    you are just pointing out how youtube can't support artists and they need to get real gigs that really pay. thanks for making the point so clear.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:16am

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    The difference is whether or not your consumption is licensed. You can choose to be aware of that reality or ignore it. Your choice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:18am

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    Oh google leaked it to drive hits to their search engine. That makes plenty of sense

     

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    Torg (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:19am

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    "You guys keep talking like no one can take advantage of the internet without the help of pirates."

    No, we're talking like no one needs to put a lot of effort into eliminating piracy in order to take advantage of the internet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:21am

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    wow, just wow, what a great work of delusion fiction.

    pretty much everything you've posted is dead wrong, but here's one biggie...

    "Terrestrial radio is still the #1 driver for music sales."
    http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/12/active-vs-passive-fans-why-radio-tv-still-rank-tops- for-music-discovery-best-of-hypebot.html

    Spotify is NOTHING like radio. Radio sells records, Spotify cannibalizes sales.

    http://www.tested.com/news/news/3194-music-distributor-pulls-200-small-labels-from-spotify-and-r dio/

    "A recent study conducted by NPD Group and NARM found that streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio are detrimental to the sales of individual pieces of music. "

    http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120207mccartney

    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/p ermalink/2012/120113vanhalen

    http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2011-12-13/the-black-keys-discuss-the ir-controversial-spotify-decision/

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:22am

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    In the end you have to consider basic economic maths. The money the labels pay doesn't come from them - it comes from fans. Fans only have a limited amount of disposable income. They will spend that on music whatever the system. Taking the middlemen out of the equation can only mean lore money for musicians. One side effect is that now we have a larger number of musicians making less money each. There are winners and losers from this - but overall musicians are winners.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:23am

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    Its replacing radio, just because its replacing radio does not mean it can not add more features than radio had. Pandora is radio on the internet, Spotify is the next evolution. Why is it so hard for you people to realize that technology moves forward? Also subscription is not required for spotify.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:23am

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    Well why don't you make your own radio then and stop leeching off of the work of others than you get all the money?

    Oh that is right you can't do it, you depend on others and you don't want to pay them.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:26am

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    "for now"

    So you recognize that the shift is underway, and inevitable. That's good enough for me. The rest is just arguing about where exactly in that process we are.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:27am

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    why is the tech sector so worried about what artists think? why not just keep on illegally exploiting artists work and profiting in the millions just as they have for the past decade? I don't see why you should even care. carry on, just keep ripping off artists, and just keep doing it worse than any label ever did... yup, tech are the good guys, screwing artists in new and inventive ways the labels weren't smart enough to do... yup, it takes a different kind of self entitled selfishness to screw artists in a way that only tech companies and engineers could dream up.

    carry on, just keep ripping off artists, that always ends well. you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:28am

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    Tell you what when you understand what a search engine does we can talk because you just sound like an idiot when you say Google monetize artists and forget that Google actually monetizes everybody and it is legal to do so they broke no law, but you seem to think that indexing your shitty crap is somewhat different and should get a cut?

    Blood sucking leech that is what you are.

    The Pirate Bay is not a label either so why should they have the need for a contract, further since they are not the ones doing the sharing why are they responsible? because they didn't block something you wanted it censored?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:29am

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    exactly, it worked out so well they chose NOT to do it again.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:30am

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    radio wasn't on demand. radio sold records.

    spotify is on demand. spotify does not sell records.

    also, there's no "discovery" on spotify. radio exposed artists, but people go to spotify to hear what they already know.

     

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    Torg (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:31am

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    "what data we do have is that 62% of the bands FANS decided not to pay the band for their album."

    No, the data we have is that 62% of albums were acquired without payment. That does not necessarily translate to 62% of fans getting it without payment. For one thing, a person can download an album and then buy it if they like it, contributing to both slices of the pie chart. Then there's the people who hadn't heard of the band before, and so at the time of downloading could not be considered fans.

    And even discounting those, you're still getting mad at the fact that that number of people didn't buy the album. I can't begin to count the number of albums that I haven't bought; whether or not I've listened to them doesn't have any financial effect on the artist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:32am

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    How exactly is the tech sector ripping off artists in any way?
    The ones apparently doing the ripping off are artists not tech, and talking about ripping off those same artists should be more concerned with their own support platforms(i.e. labels) which are infamous for doing exactly that.

    As for pirates, well I hope they continue to rip you off, from today till the end of times, because that is exactly what you people deserve.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:33am

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    the wild west wasn't wild forever, and neither will the internet be, so "for now" there is lawlessness, but it won't be that way forever. so yes, I'm good with where we are at "for now" as you realize the current path is unsustainable for the tech industry illegally exploiting artists without consent or compensation.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:33am

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    Better safe than sorry... I have a *lot* of obscure music I've bought, especially in my eMusic & DJing days. But, I agree, it's more likely that he's just an outright failure and attacking the wrong target in his rage.

     

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    freakyleakydahboatasinky, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:34am

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    truth hurts.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:35am

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    I never got a license to rip off music from the radio was that bad?

    I never got a license for listening to radio is that illegal?

    I never got a license to play VEVO is the legal?

     

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    Cowardly Anonymous, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:38am

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    Copyright: the right to make copies.

    "So why should records be free"

    They shouldn't, there is physical stuff in a record.

    A digital copy, however, doesn't cost a darn thing.

    Kickstarter is successful because it moves things to commission model, where you get paid (once) up front and anything else is gravy. This is also the model for work for hire, but that will lock you out of your own work.

    The commission model is very likely to be the future of copyright industries.

    Picture this, a new artist makes a work on the side and releases it while asking for donations so they can spend more time making future works. Once they have a decent fan base and have proven themselves, they make a transition to crowd funding sources and full time artistry.

    Before you go saying that someone can't make a living that way, I'd encourage you to check out some of the more popular webcomics. It generally takes a few years, but the donations eventually reach a point where they can quit any other job they have and go full-time artist. There is no onus on anyone to ever pay beyond understanding that paying means the artist keeps making art, and that is actually sufficient.

    No, you won't strike it big going down this road, but you also won't have to play by the rules of a corporate entity or worry about being dropped or scammed. There is no big leap of faith, as you just need to get a small sample out there every so often to start attracting fans, and you'll have a solid metric to judge the transition.

    It is harder for established artists to make the transition, but most already have the fan base and it is more finding the way to make the connection that is difficult. Kickstarter and social media tend to work pretty well though. I'd recommend advertising a social media outlet of choice if you're going to make the jump over, and then doing an event to introduce the donate button.



    In short, you're still watching the water and the dam, when El P has specifically stated that he's looking to build a boat. He wants to talk with a carpenter, you're directing him to masons.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:39am

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    the pirate bay pays artists ZERO money. ZERO. they are illegally exploiting the artists work without consent or compensation. if they have such a great model either 1) let the artist decide to participate or not, and/or 2) pay the artist.

    your right the pirate bay is not a record label. record labels PAY artists. the pirate bay keeps 100% of the money for themselves. uh, yeah, that's fair. 100% Greed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:39am

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiohead

    Apparently they did it in 2011 more than once.


    https://www.youtube.com/user/radiohead

    Further the first song on their Youtube channel tells people to go download a copy on their website LoL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:40am

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    http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2003/09/12/how-record-labels-exploit-bands/

    Hey, TPB sounds better than this:

    "For instance, if the artists grosses $3 million dollars, that translates to $750,000 of profit for the record label. How much does a band member get? $4031.25.

    But not really. Because the band is also $14,000 in debt to the record company. So for a deal which gave the label $750,000 profit, the band profits approximately $5,000. Put another way, after all expenses are accounted for, and everyone but the band and the label has been paid, of the remaining money 99.4% is paid to the label; the remainder is paid to the artists."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:40am

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    " actually they do buy stuff, they buy video games which are harder to pirate, "

    You're either joking, or really, REALLY stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:42am

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    good for you drew, you get to make choices for yourself, you don't get to make choices for other artists. if you don't mind me asking, how much have you gotten paid from the pirate bay, and, uhm... I don't suppose you work a day job do you?

    hmmmmm....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:42am

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    A blog? Are you fucking kidding me?

    Come on. The quote is "in space" with all of the context around it removed. Are you fucking kidding me? Even Mike wouldn't cherry pick that bad!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:45am

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    Further, lets be clear here - the number of albums owned by people is increasing, not decreasing (the MP3 generation) - yet the sales of recorded music are 60% lower than they were pre-MP3.

    One can very easily draw a conclusion that, the arrival of MP3s and piracy have directly lead to the falling recorded music sales.

    It would seem that the numbers correlate very nicely here. Denying it is pretty much admitting you don't want to see anything that blows up your pro-piracy views.

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:45am

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    I'm always reminded of this

    Perfect! Gonna have to store that somewhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:46am

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    Terrestrial radio LoL

    Don't know for who, because it certainly isn't where I discover anything.

    Now about Spotify, you crazy person the study apparently is saying all streaming services are bad for musicians and so is Pandora since it is a streaming service, what an idiot you are.

     

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    Cowardly Anonymous, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:46am

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    The Pirate Bay doesn't make the decisions either, the users do. The Pirate Bay just offers a way to find torrents, just as Google offers a way to find domain names. The difference is that The Pirate Bay has gone out of its way to try and help artists with promotions.

    Yep, definitely a horrible wretched hive of scum and villainy there. /s

    Tor is an internet protocol. The Pirate Bay is a search engine. Go after the host of the infringing tracker, for there is the distributor.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:48am

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    Lol, wow really?

    So anyone who is a musician should have instant success?

    You should really read this http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2003/09/12/how-record-labels-exploit-bands/

    as it explores the awesomeness of how labels screw over artists for money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:48am

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    Liar, the only thing 60% below is the sales of plastic discs, digital venues not included.

    Do you even read the RIAA reports?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:49am

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    You don't like to read do you?

    It is a court case filled by the RIAA you can go get the court records those are public.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:50am

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    Don't forget too that the Pirate Bay is offering free marketing to up and coming artists.

    Labels don't do that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:52am

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    So what?
    The Pirate Bay does not exploit the artists, users do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:53am

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    notice how he is pointedly ignoring Drew, who IS a working musician. My money is on the AC not being any sort of musician at all.

    / also demands proof

     

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    Torg (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:55am

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    Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that a lot of people downloaded the album without paying. I just find it unlikely that the full 62% could be attributed to fans deciding that they didn't ever want to pay for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:55am

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    The tech people don't depend you artists for sales, you do know that don't you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:56am

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    Monopolies end and so will copyright, boo hoo.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:59am

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    Pirates are the only people who care others don't even bother looking up some musician let alone pay for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:02am

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    Lets correlate, plot the graph of digital sales along with the physical sales and see what it happens.

    Also plot the piracy numbers that keep growing.
    Further plot mark the dates of the "education campaign" in the US and see how well it lines up with the decline in sales.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:05am

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    The thing is he is not making a choice for anyone.
    The public has made that choice for you already and you don't get a say in it, just like people don't get a seat on the committees.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:07am

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    That is the point stupid, everybody even open source gets paid and they let everybody copy it freely, so if they can why can't you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:13am

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    You have obviously never used spotify if you think there is no discovery. I can see what my friends and acquaintances listen to and check that out. I can search for playlists with bands I like. I find tons of new music on spotify.

    radio wasn't on demand. Right like I said services evolve.

    spotify does not sell records. My credit card statements say otherwise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:17am

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    Correction, 62% of PEOPLE downloaded it didn't pay.

    What percentage of the 62% were fans? Citation needed.

    What percentage of the 62% purchased the album physically or purchased the album by downloading it again, paying for it this time?

    What percentage of the 62% purchased other material from Radiohead?

    You do not have the answers and you cannot assume, because you want to produce an argument, what you have no evidence for.

    And when supplied evidence from IFPI is mathematically impossible, their studies lose credibility.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:18am

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    Citation needed for YOUR claim!

    Right, no data for that either!!!

    People downloaded, not necessarily fans.

    Simple logic for you: Sheep have four legs, but not all four legged animals are sheep.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:21am

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    "that is true as 62% of the people who downloaded a free Radiohead album paid nothing for the bands album when the band gave them a choice to pay or not. But all of their fans paid for it and they made more money then they did on any label record they released so this statement is TRUE."

    FTFY

    Not to mention that each download was probably not a unique person. You also don't know how many people that never bought a radiohead album before bought that one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:23am

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    Now you're changing your argument in an attempt to win a losing argument - true sign of a argumentative, but misinformed individual.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    typing things in caps does not suddenly make them true. It does make you look like a moron though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:26am

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    The Internet is also in no way, shape or form even close to the Wild West. It's completely ridiculous to compare the two.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:27am

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    He likes other people to do the work for him, I guess he works for a label.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:31am

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    Your either a troll or just very very very stupid and naive

     

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    A monkey with Attititude, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Thanks

    First thank you El for your input and thoughts, it helps to show the real people affected are the artist (and all the talk by both sides seems to leave this out).

    Just so you know by doing this I have now heard of you and will check out your album, and if I like it I will purchase it, if not I wish you success (and I may still buy it to support you because you spoke out reasonably and intellengently and should be rewarded for it in a time when so few do).

     

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    drew (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:33am

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    Yep, I get to make the choice for myself, but when it comes to material being released back into the public domain, that choice appears to be only at the behest of the legacy industry players. Funny that.
    But I digress.
    Yes, I choose to accept how the world is working and use that to my advantage. Not accepting this doesn't seem like a good solution to me, let me know how it works out for you.
    As to the Pirate Bay, dude, I would love to be significant enough to figure on the Pirate Bay. That would tell me that people actually liked my music enough to consider sharing it.
    But it one of my friends lends a copy of my album to a friend of theirs (and they take a copy) i don't expect them to pay me either...
    I appreciate that there's a lot of stuff on this thread and you probably haven't read my previous post, so I'll clarify. I'm an average musician. That's all. So yes, I work a day job, I will always work a day job. In the label model that's all that would be open to me. In the new model I can get a few fans and a few contributions from across the globe that both helps me cover a few costs but also gives me a nice little boost about what I do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:34am

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    "of course anyone can put an album up via tunecore, but the average tunecore artist is only making $179 a year"

    Yes when anyone can put an album up the average an artist makes goes down. I can upload myself farting on a snare drum it won't sell but it can be on there. It brings down the average of the talented acts that do make money. Also these are acts that did not have access to this revenue stream before. Going from 0 a year to 179 a year is a 80 bazillion % increase.

    Also every time you say that the average goes down. At least keep your bullshit straight.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:36am

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    1) Wrong assumption, still strawman with the "tshirt and touring" argument and the denial that copies can't earn money
    2) Wrong understanding, copies do not ALWAYS equate to money - meaning you can't say that selling copies is guaranteed income because it isn't - which does NOT mean you cannot sell copies, just means you can't guarantee it will be income
    3) Exploitation? Talk to Billy Corgan about that, no one exploited artists more than the labels
    4) Pirate Bay does NOT make enough money to provide FREE distribution AND advances to artists -- can you stop insisting otherwise?
    5) "How come these guys have a business model ONLY when they can monetize the work and labour of someone else" -- that's EXACTLY what a label does!

    The work of the artist, producer, mixer, marketing people, etc... - they monetize the work and labour of someone else - provide a loan (and ARE PAID BACK so don't hand me that "unrecouped loss" funded by successful acts) which is akin to your bank lending you $50000 for your dream store you want to open, of which you have to pay for the tellers and loan officers who worked with you, pay for storage of your information in the banking system, and the bank takes all your revenue and gives you back a small portion, from which you have to pay back the $50000. But you can't buy any merchandise to sell because you didn't earn a profit despite selling everything in the store, so you have to get another loan for $20000 to buy stock. Now you're in debt to them $70000 and they take all your revenue and give you a pittance.

    Don't you get it? The Pirate Bay is not a bank lending you money and taking your revenue. The Pirate Bay provides the roads to your store so people can find you and your stock. And it is free, you didn't have to pay for those roads to be installed.

    You want to compete with free? Give THEM A REASON TO BUY and THEY WILL!!!! Otherwise the downloaders who never would have bought anyhow will listen to you in the background while they play Wii (which they PAID for - that is the money they COULD have paid to you if you gave them more of a reason than "I recorded this").

    The real problem is competition now exists amongst the entertainment industry members. It's no longer movies and music. It's movies/music/video games (no longer a fringe group - but instead mainstream!!!!)/social networks etc.. some people pay for some they don't.

    Who is going to pay for music if they don't feel they get anything from it and would rather play video games free on Facebook while chatting with friends?

    What is their incentive to purchase the music? If they are a fan, that's the incentive.

    You have NO idea who was a fan and who was not, neither does Radiohead or EMI. So cut the "62% fan" bullshit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:42am

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    This guy has to be a troll. I can't believe anyone can be so stupid, so bad at having a rational discussion, so horrible at following the thread of conversation and constantly reaching for strawmen without doing it on purpose.

    Do people like this really exist? Is this level of pigheaded stupidity real? Even the labels know it isn't really about piracy its about control of the market. This guy...this guy can't be for real.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:46am

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    thats pretty funny, considering spotify is alot like youtube, and I have bought alot of music due to youtube music videos (user made) that featured songs from a band i had never even heard of.

    I even imported a few pieces from the EU because nobody sold them on this side of the pond.

    I also know many people who use "internet radio" or "streaming music" services and just set it to random so they can hear new stuff, one of my friends has bought thousands of songs thanks to services like slacker radio and spotify....

    Your lies also suggest you cant find new music via torrents, and funny enough, I have found alot of what I have bought over the years via torrents as well, because I was able to find it free at good quality and try it....

    to this day, I will que up some random stuff thats popular and give it a listen, if I like it, I buy it(on cd, never buy mp3's or aac files, quality sucks compared to a good flac rip.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:50am

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    No your wrong. No one uses google search or any google product unless its to steal content from artists. Without artists to leech from they would be poor.

    /sarc

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:50am

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    Is the Pirate Bay CHARGING the artists anything? NO and they are not OFFERING anything beyond distribution for free.

    And what rights are they not respecting? Infringement by pointing PEOPLE (the subclass could be fans and another subclass could be non-fans who just want music numbers because that's impressive to chicks).

    The Pirate Bay is not a free service? Citation needed on that one. Since when does the Pirate Bay send bills to artists for distributing their work?

    How much money does the Pirate Bay make? The court case proved they make barely enough to survive.

    Who gives a shit if they are for profit, their profits are covering the costs of free distribution! Yes free to any artist who wants to.

    True, some don't want it and they are lucked out because people (some might be instantiated objects of the sub-people class known as "fans", or in Java, class Fans extends People) share. But those sharing who ARE fans or who WOULD NOW BECOME fans WILL pay if they feel to do so.

    Again it does NOT matter if the Pirate Bay is for profit, they use their profits to pay for their service, which is NOT charged to the users. If it were, then you could have a point, but since TPB does NOT charge for the service, it is NOT a requirement that they PAY artists for their FREE service.

    And quite with the "FAIL" bullshit, you sound like a damn kid. Grow up. Attempting to sound witty when you argue does not improve your chances of winning an argument.

    And again, TPB IS free and DOES provide a service - it's called exposure and distribution, and many artists ARE taking advantage of that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:50am

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    2 and 5000 hell of a batting average there.. FAIL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:51am

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    Tell that to members of The Band.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:52am

    Free is the right price for music

    Raise it, and people will simply find a more fan-friendly artist to listen to.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:59am

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    No, artists who go in half-assed get little. Artists who let go of the "old days" mentality and give it all they got, work with people who are marketers and managers who are NOT out to maximize profits, will do well and do.

    Look at what artists really do when they succeed. And don't forget, just because you can sing and play a guitar does NOT mean people feel your creative efforts are worth paying for!

    Right now ANYONE can release music or art online, but NOT anyone will be able to earn a living at it. This is NO different from the days before the web when the Gatekeepers (labels/movie studios) decided what was exposed and what was not.

    So here ANYONE can release and EVERYONE WHO DOES HAS A FAIR CHANCE! But does NOT mean that everyone who releases will be a success.

    Why are major label big earners losing some cash, competition! There's more art being created and more forms of entertainment (especially since video games went mainstream). That's why there's less money for people, but there's still enough for people to earn a living.

    You won't be rich, but you CAN earn a living.

    Caveat: you are NOT entitled to earn a living, you have to have created something people want!!! There's no gatekeeper. If people don't want your material or only a few do, you won't be fileshared much either, so blaming piracy for being unpopular is NOT a means of dealing with the situation.

    But that's what we have. "Oh I suck but if I was with a label I'd have more money than Google will give me." Sorry but if you're not popular now, you would not even be on a label or you'd be dropped for not being profitable. And then without the internet, you would not even be heard!!! that's ZERO chance of exposure or income!

    That's reality. Not a whole lot has changed except you have to do more yourself and you don't have a gatekeeper preventing you from trying and failing. 20 yrs ago you would not even be given that chance. Don't forget that!!!

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:05am

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    first, pirate bay isnt a lable, they arent even a distributor, they are for all intents and perpouses free advertising directing to downloads of various forms of content.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:07am

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    It's the AC moron playbook: make false/unsupportable accusations and claims, change the subject when challenged, when finally cornered act like a 3 year old throwing a hissy fit, throw out random insults and then disappear to the next thread to do the same again.

    It's stupid, but I fear there's more than one person actually sticking to this tactic, which is as pathetic as it is counter-productive, but there you go...

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:16am

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    Are you kidding? Nobody needs a license to consume media. When did I sign an agreement to listen to 80s hits at my grocery store?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:18am

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    I can tell whoever designed this blog hates the tech industry, that must be why they decided to make such an ugly looking blog and post it on blogspot which is owned by google. Way to stick it to google by using their products...

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:22am

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    because the lables need to have perpetual control incase like a few rare acts, the music will sell later.

    its not right that they cant have over a hundred year monopoly on anything and everything they paid somebody else to create(or bought the rights to)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:24am

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    "We want you to succeed, but do it without violating our human rights and with giving us art that we want."

    You've got that right. All Black Eyed Peas albums are major human rights violations and should be prosecuted accordingly.

     

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    Jay (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:26am

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    This is why nuanced argument is lost on most shills, they never notice the "devil in the details" approach that most people on Techdirt look into. Instead, they can't support their arguments so they must try to inundate people.

    Active vs Passive

    I am doubting that the study is as nuanced as need be. In it, it says that 80% of the people considered active find new music from people they're fans of. This begs the question of how does a respondent become a fan via the study? I doubt they've asked that question but maybe you can point to the answer for me.

    Spotify is NOTHING like radio. Radio sells records, Spotify cannibalizes sales.

    What's amazing is how you've stated this assertion but can't notice what has occurred in the interim. Spotify is its own platform. And seeing as Mike already posted about how they're making more money, they don't seem to be cannibalizing sales, they're just learning how to make better toys for artists.

    A recent study conducted by NPD Group and NARM found that streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio are detrimental to the sales of individual pieces of music.

    Key caveat. Individual, as in singular. Such as CDs and tapes. The unbundling of the CD has been going strong since that Napster days.

    But still, just this one aspect may be occurring but that doesn't mean artists aren't making money.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:31am

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    ouch, that must burn....

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:32am

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    "wow, just wow, what a great work of delusion fiction. "

    What? Me asking for citations and giving an example of my own personal Spotify usage to back me up? Which claims exactly are delusional?

    Reality = delusion to you it seems, explains a lot, but at least you've provided multiple citations instead of just the insults this time. Let's have a look...

    Hypebot link: some commentary on a study (which I don't seem to be able to access with paying for it). The NPD link itself says the following:

    "AM/FM radio and family/friends/coworkers are the most common avenues for discovery, and discovery via online radio and Web videos were also important for the most active music fans. "

    So, while they're still the major drivers, but are being complemented and/or replaced by other media. So, while what you say is technically true - for how long? It also doesn't address Spotify specifically, and doesn't mention the scope of the study. I'd assume US only from how it's discussed, so I'll take that with a pinch of salt, especially since Spotify would have been available for less than 4 months in the US before the study was published.

    Realistic conclusion: doesn't say a damn thing about Spotify, and you're an asshole for calling me a liar when I related my own usage of the service. I'd expect the next study to find major changes since Spotify became mainstream in the US and beyond.

    Tested.com link: says exactly what I asked you not to use as a crutch (some labels, mostly affiliated with each other have pulled out). It's an opinion piece on the news that some labels pulled out, but doesn't address anything I asked you to cite. Some LABELS are unhappy with Spotify (and Rdio)'s rates. That doesn't mean that ARTISTS (as per your initial claim) are suffering. It also doesn't prove a damn thing about your claim that Spotify cannibalises sales other than that some legacy players are scared of that. Well, duh....

    Realistic conclusion: you've got nothing.

    ..and oh dear, the last bunch of idiocy:

    1st link - says nothing about why the albums were pulled. Also states "That of course encompasses Spotify, though a representative emailed Digital Music News on Wednesday morning to clarify that removals on Spotify actually happened in 2010.", when Spotify was a hell of a lot smaller than it is now.

    2nd link - Has sod all to do with whether sales are being affected, as it notes that an exclusive period had ended with iTunes and that was causing the delay. Also states "The label screwed up". Also ends with this: "Updated, Saturday, 4:15 pm PCT: The track has now been reinstated on Spotify.". Also states that Amazon sales were affected by the same action. Is this what you consider evidence of your claims, because it actually states the exact opposite?

    3rd link: An opinion from a band, so nothing binding and nothing to show which data they're basing this on. There's more there than in your other links, but this an opinion, and realistically means nothing more than the opinions of those who are there and happy with the service without additional data.

    Realistic conclusion - you're talking out of your ass again. You provided 2 links that have nothing to do with what you were claiming, and one that's an opinion at best.

    Do you have any REAL DATA to back your assertions up? Thought not... back to our regularly scheduled service where AC pretends that Spotify is a record label and personally attacks those who point out he's wrong...

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:33am

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    another point is, how many downloads from the didnt pay catagory where record lable people downloading to scew the numbers and try and drive radiohead back into the "right" way to do things?

    dont tell me that the lables dont do stuff like this, because they have been caught at it quite a few times, having their reps seed stuff just so they can send dmca notices out or even sue people....pretty dishonest if you ask me....

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:37am

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    I love the fact that you people use the examples of LEGAL service to attack people now. Guess what, if you assholes had licensed legal services 15 years ago when people first demanded it, you wouldn't be in this mess!

    "carry on, just keep ripping off artists,"

    Like I proven to you and your ilk many, many times, I'll continue to consume music legally. Then I'll laugh my ass off because your ultimate failure could have been avoided if you'd listened to people like me telling you what they want. Instead, you attacked us as "pirates" when we tried telling you how to take our money. You refused my money, sorry, it's your own fault.

     

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    Jay (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:41am

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    I always wondered why do people not understand that Google does more with their products than the recording industry did in the 50 years of business contracts that screwed over artists...

    Now I get it. They are just too damned ignorant of the argument that Google helps a lot more than the recording industry.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:43am

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    One could make those assumptions. they would be totally wrong, for reasons explained to you and those like you many, many times.

    "It would seem that the numbers correlate very nicely here."

    It also correlates to people buying singles instead of albums. Also to the rise in popularity in DVD sales. Also to the rise of videogame sales. Also to the rise in the price of gasoline in the US. Also to the unemployment rate. Also to the availability of hybrid cars and the rise in smartphones leading to planking, probably.

    "It would seem that the numbers correlate very nicely here."

    Everything looks like a nail to a hammer owner. That doesn't mean you can make my TV work by smashing it with a hammer.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:45am

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    The voices in his head. Definitely not the words are actually typing here, as usual...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:51am

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    "Labels Pay Artists. Pirates Don't."

    You realize that pirates are consumers/customers right? They are actually the only way labels or artists make money. But suing and condescending and insulting them is surely your best way to get them to support you.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:51am

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    im sure they are paid well to spread FUD, i mean if EA is doing it, you can sure bet that the MAFIAA are doing it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:06am

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    Google had 0 dollars 30 years ago. The music industry made X% of money spent in America 30 years ago.

    Now the music industry only makes Y% and google makes billions. Therefore any difference between y% and x% is money google steals from the record labels.

    Of course ignore all the other new options for entertainment that are taking money use to spend on music. Because if people couldn't get free music they wouldn't buy these other things because they NEED music. The fucking NEED our content they are shitty pop music junkies. We spend millions on marketing getting them to need this content. No way someone could just play video games all the time without playing their pirated Bibier cds.

    /retard

    I imagine its some kind of broken logic like that. Works for any *woe is me, piracy!* industry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:37am

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    and... the math for the pirate is even more simple:

    Pirate Bay 100%

    Artist 0%

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:39am

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    posted real data, provide your real data.

    citations please.

    again:

    "Terrestrial radio is still the #1 driver for music sales."
    http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/12/active-vs-passive-fans-why-radio-tv-still-rank-tops- for-music-discovery-best-of-hypebot.html

    Spotify is NOTHING like radio. Radio sells records, Spotify cannibalizes sales.

    http://www.tested.com/news/news/3194-music-distributor-pulls-200-small-labels-from-spotify -and-r dio/

    "A recent study conducted by NPD Group and NARM found that streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio are detrimental to the sales of individual pieces of music. "

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:42am

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    That's because the pirate bay is not making an investment in the artist besides free marketing...then again, logic is definitely not your proudest moment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:43am

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    Again, even more simple:
    Fees to Pirate Bay by artists or users for distribution service: 0%

    Therefor, percentage of operating revenue delivered to users or artists for using the service free of charge: 0%

    Hence, profits to Pirate Bay: 100%

    NOTE: a company that keeps 100% of its profits does not necessarily mean they are rich, case and point, The Pirate Bay.

     

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    khory, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:45am

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    I don't think you are correct in saying that people own more albums. A lot of people buy tracks, not albums. They buy the one or two songs they like for a couple bucks and avoid the filler that most albums are full of.

    The advent of MP3s made unbundling possible for the consumer so there is a correlation to that and declining sales, but not for the reasons you were implying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

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    "evidence that suing fans and promotion of draconian laws and enforcement, along with alienation of consumers, ignorance to economics of disposable income, Maslov's hierarchy of needs, concepts of competition, concepts of monopolistic control and price fixing" all detrimental to an even greater extent than Spotify or RDio to the sales of individual pieces of music.

    None as detrimental as quality and obscurity.

    And you don't graduate from obscurity with the help of terrestrial radio, playing pre-approved play-lists (supported via payola).

    BTW, citing two articles, one which refers to the second as the source of information, really doesn't count as two separate points.

    That's the same as "John says Elvis is alive" and "Chris says John says Elvis is alive" counting as two separate sources, which they do not.

     

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    Ophelia Millais (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:51am

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    If El-P does continue to get paid without "fighting for it" and singing for his supper every night, are you going to publicly eat crow and advocate copyright reform, or are you just going to continue to stand under the bridge and shout at every passerby that artists and everyone else in the music is starving on the streets because of piracy?

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:52am

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    Of course spotify pays less then the record labels

    the record label take a cut of the revenue spotify pays. Hijacking most of the money that should go to the artist.

    Drop the record companies from the equation and spotify pays way more then the record labels for the same licensed rights.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:53am

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    If spotify is really that harmful then no label would be on there. It wouldn't just be a bunch of indie wub wub bands pulling out it would be the majors.

    "the Spotify model is adding, and will continue to add, huge value to the music industry. Right now we have already convinced millions of consumers to pay for music again, to move away from downloading illegally and therefore generate real revenue for the music business.
    In addition, ‘revenue per stream’ totally misses the point when considering the value generated by Spotify. The relevant metrics are: 1) how many people are being monetized by Spotify; 2) who these people are (usually young people previously on pirate services which generate nothing for artists and rightsholders); and 3) how much revenue per user Spotify generates for rightsholders."

    We can all quote shit its fun isn't it?

    "Home Taping Is Killing Music" Look I qouted someone saying radio would be the death of music. I guess that means its true right?

    "Phonographs and Player Pianos Will Kill Music!"
    The sky, the sky is falling!

    As far as your love of terrestrial radio, did you actually read the study, or even the press release? https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/pressreleases/pr_111110
    It doesn't paint the picture you think it does.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:54am

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    promotion is payment
    Ask Dan Bull
    lot of people bought is stuff because they found it on the pirate bay.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:56am

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    "“Committed” consumers are the youngest group, with a mean age of 32 (20 percent are age 13 to 17; 42 percent are 18 to 35). They represent 10 percent of all consumers who listened to or purchased music within the prior three months. “Committed” consumers also account for 46 percent of per-capita spending on music, and they are the most engaged consumers in the report. While they use a variety of discovery sources – including radio, video, streaming, and movies – they also value ownership, and they are the most open to discovering new artists. They find their current means to discover new music is good, but still wonder if they are missing something."

    The larger groups who get their "new" music from radio, don't buy much music and prefer "new" music from familiar bands. You are talking about old people who find out on the radio that one of the three artists they still listen to released a new album.

    The smaller groups spend the majority of the money. And they do their discovery on new media. But hey skew the data and try to make it look like the sky is green and your ass is clean. Maybe you'll even buy your own bullshit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:59am

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    "posted real data, provide your real data. "

    No you posted bad interpretations of real data. Try reading the real data and/or posting it. You will find your weak argument is even weaker.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:01pm

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    an how many of those people had not heard radio head and simple gave them a try because the content is free.

    you might want to read the statement you are responding too

    I truly believe most fans will support the artists they like.


    people who haven't decided if they like the band yet are not fans.

    They won't be fans until the next album.

    Oh and btw radio head now has all those people on their mailing list.

    And they made more money selling those new fans tickets/merchandise/old albums/ pushing them to their youtube videos and collecting ad payments/ then they would have made selling them the album at full price given the standard record deals.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:02pm

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    Haha, you never do your research do you?

    "[The reason] why this is so debated is that is it is a perceptional issue," added Edgar Berger, president and CEO, international, Sony Music Entertainment, who also spoke at the Digital Music Report launch. "Obviously, for streaming you get way less then you get for a download, but it streams so often and for such a long period then in the long run actually the money might be higher and it's incremental."

    http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/rob-wells-universal-music-s-g lobal-digital-1005968752.story

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:04pm

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    Oh yeah and your study was published in Nov 11. So it was being conducted as spotify was launching in the US. You mean a few month old service wans't number 1 all ready? It must be a failure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:10pm

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    I really, desperately hope the music industry gets all the regulation you want, just so that you have to live through the hell that it would be.

    If you're an artist and you're not making the money you want to, I'll give you a hint- The problem isn't the mean internet people taking your money away. Either not enough people know who you are, or you're music is shitty. Given that you're not even advertising who you are in this thread, where thousands of people would see your name and, even if they despise you, might take a moment to listen to your work, I'd bet the answer is that you're just absolutely terrible at promoting yourself. So, you can work on the problem you can solve (promoting yourself better) or you can yell angrily into the night that your life should be handled for you and everything should be simple and easy for artists.

    Go ahead, try out both solutions, come back and tell me which one works better...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:14pm

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    No because no matter how much money he makes they will say "He would have made so much more without piracy."

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:24pm

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    You'd think for someone all about the artist getting paid, he'd buck up and acknowledge that the labels take too much money and do not give enough to the artists...as demonstrated by his spotify rant.

     

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    Ophelia Millais (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:38pm

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    Even if your claim about there being no money for artists online were true, why do you feel they are entitled to continue having X% of their income be derived from selling copies of their work (and/or selling at a particular price point)? Talk about being stuck in the past. It is not my job, as a consumer, to ensure that artist revenue sources remain within certain proportions to each other!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:44pm

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    Why do you jump to the conclusion that it is inevitable? How do you know this to be true? You don't. So, right there we have identified a key leap in logic on your part. No one knows how things will shake out, or if they ever will. Hence, the wisdom of entrusting artists with the right to decide the best course for themselves, whatever that may be. If labels are as awful as some people here make them out to be, well, obviously artists would gradually (or perhaps abruptly) cease to partner with them. Artists aren't stupid.

    But that hasn't happened. Just ask A$AP Rocky or Azalea Banks or Bon Iver or Neon Indian or Best Coast. They are choosing the label. Just because you perceive one change or another occurring (and clearly we are observing a massive amount of change in many directions) doesn't mean you can reasonably extrapolate it to some binary extreme that happens to be convenient for your argument. It just isn't sound reasoning.

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:48pm

    Question

    I'm a songwriter. Just wondering how I, and all the other behind the scenes types who create the content that drives 99% of p2p traffic, get paid? We don't gig (been there, done that), sell CD's or T shirts, we license music to those who do.
    Just checked today's top 10 search results for mp3raid, where my songs are always found, making $ for everybody w every click-everybody but me of course.
    Interesting that all are either from a major label, or an "indie" financed and distributed by a major. Bet the same is true for most p2p'd movies. If the labels and studios are so hated, why, in 2012, are they still responsible for the creations everybody, especially p2p'rs wants?

     

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    The eejit (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:48pm

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    You're trying to argue a "chicken and egg" situation in which it isn't. Glee may pay the bills now, but without Youtube, and "flagrant copyright infringement", there would have been no role on Glee.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:51pm

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    Repeating the same links you already posted - and I discredited with no actual defense from you - is hardly a compelling tactic.

    "Spotify is NOTHING like radio. Radio sells records, Spotify cannibalizes sales."

    Unproven, and my personal experiences prove you a liar. If you think you have data that alters this, cite it. DATA not summaries on whatever random site you dredged up on Google, not "oh I know someone else who uses it differently". Evidence.

    ""A recent study conducted by NPD Group and NARM found that streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio are detrimental to the sales of individual pieces of music. "

    A study which, conveniently, is unavailable to support these claims without payment. Especially if it only covers the US market, where Spotify could hardly have been available for more than a month or 2 before the study was undertaken - and so any such study would be questionable with regards to Spotify's effect..

    Also a claim which is NOT stated on the actual NPD site (in fact, Spotify's name doesn't even get mentioned). The above you posted is an opinion of a blogger, and only present in the headline. Spotify is not mentioned anywhere else on that page.

    Again, if you have more information (preferably a full copy of the study itself), cite it.

    Also, stop posting back to others' opinion blogs as evidence. Isn't that what you attack people here for when they link to Mike's previous articles? I suggest you start by reading beyond the headlines in stories, preferably looking at the linked primary sources as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:53pm

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    Don't get it twisted. Was referring to the much ballyhooed pay-what-you-want scheme -- which they indeed did not repeat for King of Limbs. They returned to setting their own price for downloads.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:55pm

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    Actually...

    http://www.app.com/article/20091231/NEWS/91228067/In-digital-age-musicians-flourish-w ithout-major-labels

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/businesstruth/the_disrupters/35 68130/Artists-Without-a-label.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-schmitt/rethinking-the-mus ic-busi_b_857434.html

    These are all examples of change in motion.

    Besides, the Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails and quite a few other bands have given up on labels because they have been screwed in one way or another.

    With that in mind, think of things this way...

    If a newer band signs with a record company and incurs debt, but no success they end up paying back that debt yet if they attempt to market themselves their own way, even if they fail they will probably not accrue the same amount of debt (considering the free advertising avenues available) and still retain the rights to their music.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:02pm

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    It is interesting. It is because many, many people would prefer to continue to get things for free and wrap their entitlement in digital utopian rhetoric than confront the obvious fact that they are choosing to illegally exploit you (and other like you) for your labor and creativity. As Peter Sunde himself said, "If I want it I take it." In most cases, I believe it is as simple as that. Instant gratification.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:06pm

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    In this world YOU are the person responsible for promoting YOUR own work. And you can use The Pirate Bay for promoting your own work, and then offer links for people to easily pay you.

    But of course, in your worldview, they are all out to get you, and you wouldn't dream of using free stuff to promote your art, would you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:09pm

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    It's easy to make something valuable when you control the ebb and flow of the product as well as when to flood the market with cookie cutter bands and when to try to release quality music.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:12pm

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    Are you retarded? You do know that "instant gratification" is something big corporation use to sell their products?

    Why do you think we have "fast food" and Itunes, so people can get what they want right away.

    The labels cater to this mentality, then when they can't control it, they whine.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:15pm

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    I am a data point. So suck on that!

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:17pm

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    Put another way 38% of Radiohead fans paid up on the initial download. We have no way of quantifing what the number who paid after the download and listening to the album paid which would then bring that number up.

    All in all your argument is pointless unless you can do a direct comparison between what Radiohead made of sales of that record even using your numbers and what they would have been paid by EMI for moving a similar number of records. Until you can do that your figures and arguments mean nothing.

    Keep in mind that Radiohead isn't universally loved or liked and that a significant number of people who weren't fans downloaded for nothing, listened to it then deleted it, found that they really did like the band and paid later. How many of those downloads were people who just heard about what they were doing said "why not, I've got nothing to lose" and made up a large proportion of that 62%. The curiosity factor. Let's posit 20% of that number and now you're approaching a different situation where nearly half the downloads were paid for up front. Remembering that Radiohead took that into account with the option to buy now pay later built into the offer.

    If I take the number of records I never bought but had access to, one way or another, compared to what I did buy in the days before the Internet I'd say it's more than half of them I listened to so, in effect, I pirated that music because the owner of the LP/CD/Whatever let me listen more than once or loaned it to me because I said I was curious about the artists. A fairly common practice back in those dark ages. Actually it still is commonplace. Therefore I MUST be a pirate by your definition in that the artist never got paid for what I temporarily had in my possession and listened to before returning it.

    On the other hand I did buy more than 40% of the recordings I was loaned before returning them. Which must mean I became a FAN by your definition because they were loaned to me.

    This was long before the wasteland of the 1990's and early part of this century where it was commonplace to slap down money on a CD and end up with something that had one decent song on it. Not at all unusual there either.

    (Tangential question...was it the label or the artist trying to rip me off?)

    Acts that I know and that I'm a FAN of I always buy, often before any listen. Fan, of course, is the short form of Fanatic so that does mean I'll support them even if "free" is available. I'm not alone there either.

    The OC, as you call him is actually right. FANS will support him. The curious might after listening to the cut or CD as a whole but those who have no interest will never pay for his stuff no matter what. They can download from pirate sites, borrow the CD from a friend burn their own copy but they will never pay. The same way it's always been.

    The only FAIL here is you and your black and white (and angry) world.

    The artist who guest posted here will SUCCEED. Just because you claim to be a musician doesn't mean you'll succeed or make a living off music. That never was or ever will be the case. Like everyone else in this would you're gonna have to work at it. Recording contract or not.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:18pm

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    Your last paragraph is convoluted. In theory, any number of things could happen, sure. and I am all for better profit margins for artists. But you haven't even approached debunking my point that many many artists continue to partner with labels of their own choice. And there are now new opportunities for artists to do what Amanda Palmer is doing or what NIN did and I think that is fantastic, but it is no excuse for piracy -- at all. Why celebrate one choice of the artist to cut ties with a label, and not the other choice to partner with one? If the artist isn't the good guy here, who is? (don't say "the internet")

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:25pm

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    I suggest you actually get educated on the facts and stop talking in circles.

    Where are the contracts from The Pirate Bay that pay artists any money?

    citation please.

    here's the score:

    The Pirate Bay = 100% of the Artists Money
    Artists on Pirate Bay = 0% of the Artists Money

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:26pm

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    when google releases all of their source as open let me know, in the meantime watch the patent lawsuits.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:27pm

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    I wasn't debunking the fact that some artists choose to side with labels...how would I even debunk that. I linked articles explaining that some musicians have found success without a label to back them up. Frankly, a lot of them are happier collecting more profits than the ones they received from signing on with a label (they're all living proof that you can be screwed by a label).

    Also, I never advocated piracy, I merely addressed one portion of your argument.

    And as for the last paragraph, that was meant to emphasize the fact that doing things your own way incurs much less loss than going with a system that puts you into debt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:28pm

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    Yes and we have laws to restrain our worst impulses, when they are determined to be violating the legal rights of others. Fast food and iTunes are lawful and consensual. Labels are in business to make money for themselves and artists can partner with them or not. The labels have legal rights to what they produce (otherwise they wouldn't garner any investment capital). Which is worse, a label with perfectly legal rights "whining" when their rights are being ignored, or a consumer who is knowingly exploiting another person's legal rights "whining" when they are told they can't do it as much as they would like?

    You are not entitled to unlicensed content. Deal with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:29pm

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    DOH! here's what artists get paid for streaming... DIRECT...

    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/streaming-price-index-123111/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:31pm

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    Every legitimate business controls the "ebb and flow" of the product under the law. That's what businesses do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:36pm

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    here's the math for those of you at home keeping score:

    The Pirate Bay = 100% of the Artist Money

    The Artist on TPB = 0% of the Artist Money

    yes, that is called a rip off.

    why are you defending a proven illegal business? just blocked in the UK by the way... more to come, house of card, falling... enjoy your post sopa victory lap...

    http://www.technewsworld.com/story/74996.html

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:38pm

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    ...and finally the last tactic of the idiot - move the goalposts and personally attack people instead of admitting to your lies.

    Perhaps you can tell me where I mentioned TPB in all this? What any of your rant has anything to do with what I posted? Moron.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:38pm

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    you might want to look up the definition of the word fan

    because you obviously don't know what the word means.

    62% of the people who were offered the choice to pay nothing

    took that choice. You still haven't proven that every single person who downloaded the album was a fan.

    Just like everyone who listens to the radio is not a fan of every single band played on that radio.

    There is a difference between down loaders and fans.

    Just like there is a difference between radio listeners and fans.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:39pm

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    No one said Itunes and fast are not lawful, but the mentality of the average consumer is when I want something, I want it now.

    Why not cater to that, provide consumers what they want when they want. You may say that denotes entitlement, but...I'd feel pretty entitled if it was my money being invested into something I was unsure of.

    Yes, labels do have the right to what they produce and they also have the right to whine about things. They also apparently have the right to screw their artists out of royalties when it suits their needs (http://gizmodo.com/352762/riaa-wants-to-cut-artist-royalties-to-9-apple-wants-them-at-4-artists-jus t-want-to-eat). And sue people. Attempt to strip copyrights from their artists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIAA). Sue people who did not even pirate music (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_group_efforts_against_file_sharing).

    Sorry, but I could care less how piracy affects the labels considering that they take most of the earnings of the artists.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:40pm

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    according to the riaa you damn well do, they raided a music store for selling cassettes and cd's made by indi artists, excuse was they where sure it was piracy, turned out all the stuff they found was being sold by the shop FOR THE ARTISTS, the RIAA defense of their actions was that tapes and cd's that are not pressed/professionally recorded=piracy....

    so yes, according to the RIAA you need a contract with an RIAA lable to legally distribute, if you dont, they will do their level best to insure your content never sees the light of day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:40pm

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    there are 45% less professional musicians from 2001 to 2011 according to the US Bureau Of Labor Statistics.

    that makes for more hobbyists, not more professional musicians.

    is this the source of your favorite bands?
    http://www.soundclick.com

    which ones?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:42pm

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:45pm

    Re: Question

    Beyond gigging, CD's, Tshirts, which you no longer do, and licensing, what other means have you tried to earn income from your work?

    Have you partnered with any performance artists, beyond T's and seats, for such things at Kickstarter? For example, say you partner with performance artist X and you both work out a deal to share the proportions of the Kickstarter album record/tour promo funds.

    Is this possible? There are other ideas, such as getting noticed by having your performers advertise who you are, the writer, the creative brain. Then fans can connect with you, you don't expect much, but a few fans connecting and you be open and honest, could result in new offerings. Such as your own kickstarter fund and you license your work to other performance artists.

    Yes I am brainstorming, but that's what needs to happen. Try it, if it does not work are you any worse off? No. But you could be better off if you do try. Gone are the days when you had to rely on ASCAP or SOCAN and labels to license your work.

    With regards to the popular stuff being shared being major releases, well that makes total sense doesn't it, if you take someone unheard of and spend millions advertising on them, they too will be popular on the networks. People checking it out. Of course if the material is not what they want, well it doesn't get bought. That happens even without filesharing.

    Regardless of how hated they are, people fileshare what they know, hence why obscurity is far worse than piracy.

    And I guess some feel that by filesharing, even if they hate the labels or the artist, they are somehow "sticking it to the man" despite the fact that those particular individuals would not have purchased anyway.

    Of course some would have purchased but because they have it for free won't bother. Others get it for free and make purchases anyway. And still others don't bother getting it for free and just purchase. It's about pricing and perceived value. It isn't just "well it is free, so who would pay for it" because if that were true, no one would be renting movies (which many still are) or going to cinemas or buying music (CD or download).

    Think of the whole situation as a multi-variable control system with many feedback loops, each with their own gain values, that change dynamically and are not predictable (especially to major labels). You have so many inputs, so much complex processing with multiple stages and internal feedback loops, the outputs are virtually impossible to predict with any real certainty.

    Rather than bash the labels or whine and complain about the "state the industry is in" I am urging you to open the discussion of things to try.

    And actually try them, really do, remember if you do a half-assed job you get half-assed results. Put your heart into it like you do your craft and you will get results, especially if you are on the tops of the song lists.

    Cheers, Writeem, and don't be discouraged. I am not saying living in a dream world and say "all will be OK" either, just try and be open to suggestions, especially new and different things.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:45pm

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    or maybe you will... the house of cards is collapsing:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-high-court-orders-service-providers-to-block-access- to-file-sharing-site-the-pirate-bay/2012/04/30/gIQA2bVkrT_story.html

    tip o the iceberg... enjoy your post sopa victory lap while you can skippy... the wild west wasn't wild forever and neither will the internet be...

    oh, and then there's this...
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,829124,00.html

    tick, tick, tick... buckle up... how's the CISPA campaign going? uh oh... no black out for that huh? well... you can see who's interest google is protecting now can't you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:48pm

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    Take a look at the horse whip and harness industry when the automobile came about for a historical example of what legal rights when society changes means.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:49pm

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    " just blocked in the UK by the way... more to come, house of card, falling... enjoy your post sopa victory lap.."

    One acronym...VPN.

    It's hilarious how much money the RIAA puts into their endeavors, and yet there's always someone one step ahead of them.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:50pm

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:50pm

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    I suggest you actually get educated on the facts and stop talking in circles.

    Where are the contracts from The Pirate Bay that pay artists any money?


    Um, buddy. You have said "where are the contracts from The Pirate Bay that pay artists any money" about fifty times, over and over and over, in this thread - and you're accusing him of talking in circles?

    You gotta get over it dude.

     

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    nasch (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:52pm

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    Wouldn't it be painful if he turned out to be one of your favorite musicians?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:52pm

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    Pirate Bay = not a label

    /facepalm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:57pm

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    pirate bay = no payments to artists ever.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 1:59pm

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    keep pushing until there's an "stop online piracy and cyber terrorism protection act."

    the greater lengths you go to engage in criminal activity, the easier it is to acknowledge the crime.

    lol.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:02pm

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    Lo, we know...you said it about 50 times, then proceeded to say someone else was talking in circles

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:03pm

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    I can't believe this analogy is still being posted.
    Well, when the automobile came along, it was a new product that made the old one obsolete. Illegal p2p is not a new product, it's a new means of distribution. It still makes $ from the same product---my song--but diverts the income stream into someone else's pocket. Those who invested their time and $--that would be me-- into making that song get nada.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:03pm

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    That is...until the RIAA goes under.

    Hopefully soon because then artists will have true freedom.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:04pm

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    anyone other than dan bull? anyone? bueller... bueller, bueller... lol... one artist in how many years? versus the pirate bay making MILLIONS of dollars from all the artists while paying those artists NOTHING and giving them NO PROMOTION... how many bands a year can they realistic promote? what are these guys now, rolling stone?! too funny... I thought the pirate bay wasn't about being elitist gate keepers?

    Ha! Now they've jumped the shark!
    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/smells-like-pirate-desperation/

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:04pm

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    Hang on I have a question, maybe you can help me... How much does the Pirate Bay pay to artists? Do they sign contracts with them or not? I'm super curious.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:05pm

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    no it's called a RIP OFF.

    Pirate Bay = 100% of the Artists Money
    Artists on tpb = 0% of the Artists Money

    RIP OFF.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:07pm

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    Lol "Millions"

    " In an investigation in 2006, the police concluded that The Pirate Bay brings in 1.2 million SEK (US$168,885.60) per year from advertisements.[39] The prosecution estimated in the 2009 trial from emails and screenshots that the advertisements pay over 10 million SEK (US$1.40738M) a year,[40] but in the indictment used the estimate from the police investigation.[41] The lawyers of the site's administrators counted the 2006 revenue closer to 725,000 SEK (US$102,035.05).[42] The verdict of the trial however quoted the estimate from the preliminary investigation.[43]"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay

    I don't think you realize that by lying you're not convincing anyone otherwise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:07pm

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    "Don't forget too that the Pirate Bay is offering free marketing to up and coming artists."

    how many?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:08pm

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    hate to break it to you, but over 5000 artists applied to the Pirate Bay promo program, so clearly they don't all hate it as much as you do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:10pm

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:10pm

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    the majority of the bands fans downloaded the album without paying. who do you think went to get it for free, beiber fans? the amount of magical thinking you can come up with is amazing.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:11pm

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    spoofing you now... I think we can get down to single character width... thanks for playing... F A I L

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:13pm

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    the pirate bay exploits artists, users did not create the pirate bay.

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:13pm

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    Labels "take most of the earnings." The infringing sites take all of the earnings. You cool with that? The $ paid to the songwriter is determined by the copyright royalty board, not the labels. It aint a great deal, but it's how I make my living, along with radio play. If no one is making $ from my songs, I'll pack it in. But they are, everywhere, all the time and I don't get jack.
    If an artist doesn't want to sign with a label, they shouldn't. If they want to give their stuff away, they should. It's their choice, but they shouldn't demand that it's my choice also.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:13pm

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    Claims that have nothing to do with my opinions, irrational hatred of a single pirate site (whose shutting down would mean exactly nothing), support of freedom-killing legislation that would do jack shit to achieve profits from the customers you attack, and the assumption that anyone who supports freedom, justice and due process must be in the pockets of or infatuated with Google.

    Almost the perfect idiot post, you just missed out the ad hominems and the kindergarten impression. 8 out of 10 squirrels approve of you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:14pm

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    you don't get to make the laws, you get to obey them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:14pm

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    I agree! And so is copyright.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:16pm

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    You do realize that nobody is convinced, and you have successfully wasted an entire day here right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:16pm

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    No, you are wrong and need to learn how to read, please go back to school. 5,000 singed up... so far probably less than 10 have been featured, and over those 10 only ONE in a meaningful way...

    try again... FAIL.
    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/smells-like-pirate-desperation/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:19pm

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    it means that the pirate bay is ripping off artists by keeping 100% of the money owed to artists.

    I'm glad you understand math.

    The Pirate Bay = 100% of Artists Money
    Artists on TPB = 0% of the Artists Money

    Massive Rip Off of Artists.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:21pm

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    artist will have true freedom when people like you stop defending tech companies like the pirate bay stealing 100% of the artists money and giving them 0%.

    the pirate bay makes the RIAA look like saints. the RIAA also has nothing to do with artists rights. the RIAA is looking out for labels not artists.

    so your solution to one injustice is the support an even GREATER injustice. wow, you're a real genius there with that logic.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:22pm

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    it means that the pirate bay is ripping off artists by keeping 100% of the money owed to artists.

    I'm glad you understand math.

    The Pirate Bay = 100% of Artists Money
    Artists on TPB = 0% of the Artists Money

    Massive Rip Off of Artists.


    Ahh, excellent point. I hadn't heard that before. But... do they have contracts with The Pirate Bay? Please, educate me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:22pm

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    so you have no substantive reply than... figures... you're out of argument.

    FAIL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:24pm

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    if nobody cares why are the so many responses? seems to me likes the lady doth protest too much! how many of me are there here wasting a day? it's all AC's...

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:25pm

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    We only hate artists that go "Boohoohoohoo, they are stealing my lunch moneys!" despite there is no such thing happening.

    YOU are getting FREE exposure from these pirate sites (like free exposure on youtube, and free exposure on the radio and any other distribution methods), YOU can then use that to YOUR advantage.

    If you don't use it, but instead go and sulk in a corner, then it's your own damn fault that no one is buying your crap.

    Putting out music for sale is like a real job, you have to put an effort into getting paid. Gee whiz! Who'd ever have thunk it!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:27pm

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    5,000 APPLIED... can you not read either, how many of those will be chosen for promotion? what are these guys now, a record label? they get to chose who get's promotion, and they get to not pay artists! wow, that's progress! what stunning innovation, making artists stand in line to get picked so that they can be ripped off... truly, truly a spectacle of technological innovation... need I say it?

    FAIL

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:29pm

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    Thanks for you long and thoughtful post. I was in a classic DIY band for many years, had lots of fans, make our own records, sold T shirts, toured like crazy, even got a deal on a hated major label for a milisecond--and went broke. See, it turns out that I was not a great artist, but I was a pretty good songwriter. At that point I bet it all on article 1, sec 8 of the constitution, and the hope that if I created something of value, I would be compensated. The music biz I inhabit is made up of people, lots of former DIY guys, behind the scenes with unique talents, developed over years of hard work. who's time is far better spent doing what they do best, programming, engineering, writing, not amassing facebook friends or stapling flyers to telephone poles. They are the people who create the 99% of content I referred to, and they're getting run out of their lifelong livelihoods not because they don't create great, highly valued music, --they do--but because their income stream is now diverted into the pockets of infringers and their enablers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:29pm

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    are you defending the pirate bay ripping off artists? pick a lie and stick to it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:29pm

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    Are you under the assumption that all filesharing sites make loads of money? If that were true then The Pirate Bay's accounts would have proven and it would be public knowledge that they have oodles of $$$. Megaupload was such a site, but they collected money from users, not just ad revenue.

    It would be interesting to see their balance sheet so you can see just how much money can be made from hosting a filesharing site.

    Why is P2P illegal? It simply made CD's semi-obsolete because it is more efficient and that's what customers want. Same with the automobile, it's what customers wanted because it was more efficient to get from one point to the next.

    You make it sound, and maybe that's what you believe and if you have proof that would be great, that all filesharing is like ads for beer using your music. Your song generates people's desire to want beer (hypothetical here - bear with me) and the beer company makes millions off of you, but paid you a small license, say in dollars, so they made 1-million times your license agreement. And now you're unhappy (this is actually true in many cases, artists were shafted by advertisers whose products flourished because of a groovy song -- and vice versa, like Baltimora's Tarzan Boy thanks to Listerine).

    But most filesharing sites (The Pirate Bay included) make just enough for the operators to earn a living, IF that, and pay for bandwidth and hardware costs (upgrades and capital costs). They are not rolling in the cash like you think. If I am wrong, please point me to a non-IFPI "study" but instead indictment information that shows real data proving that these sites are making mega dollars off of your hard work.

    Also note that you're not paying for the distribution they provide, so if they make $1 off of you, is that worth fighting for? Imagine said sites decided to remove your works, now no one can hear unless there is a provider who can arrange payola to terrestrial radio, license and distribute to the remaining stores, delivery to places where the infrastructure isn't like most major US cities, etc... Imagine the cost, I know the costs are high, look at import prices for music.

    Do they have to be? Will you, as a potential paying customer, purchase that import? Will you even know about it because of the lack of promotion?

    Switch back to your songwriting self, will you even earn anything after the promo and licenses are dealt with, plus delivery costs, to distribute your work to potential paying customers?

    There are no fees with filesharing. Licensing needs some revamping. Labels ARE negotiating with various sites and most are bankrupt because of the labels. Yes that's true, search P2PNet.Net and TechDirt.com for examples (they have a descent search feature) on companies that have started up and planned to give greater share to artists only to be bullied out of existence or into giving the lion's share to the label, who in turn gives pittance to the artist and songwriter.

    If you have documentation otherwise, please share it, but this is what I've read.

    It really sounds like you feel everyone is making money off of your work, and therefore they must be hugely rich, which is not necessarily the case.

    One artist blogged a very long 5-article rant against iTunes (among other things) because iTunes takes 30% of the sale. Labels don't do that, so the person says, and labels provide so much more (not from my reliable sources -- ie: UMG does NOT provide fuck-all to a popular Canadian artist, no A&R men/women, nothing, no promotion, just use the guy as a cash-cow) than iTunes.

    Not quite, iTunes a) centralizes the music b) makes it EASY to acquire it and c) made it affordable and even d) gave consumers the option of choosing what they wanted (ie just the songs they wanted - no force on album purchase).

    iTunes prices were pushed by the labels, no shock there, even the mighty Apple was pushed around by the media giants of Warner/Sony/etc..

    Rapidshare was crippled because of the labels. So who's profiting off our your back? It isn't the majority of the filesharing community or the people who operate/develop the networks and hardware to support the protocols.

    It's the labels dude, seriously, and their lawyers.

    Have you tried looking into other ideas beyond licensing? Other avenues?

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:34pm

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    how about people who saw the word "FREE" and downloaded...I know many people, including my past self who download/downloaded everything they see/saw that says FREE on it....

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:35pm

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    figures... you're out of argument

    Um, well actually yes: I think everyone is out of arguments. You have heard about fifty different relevant, substantive arguments in this thread - and you have responded to every single one of them by putting your fingers in your ears and shouting something about the Pirate Bay.

    So yeah: those of us who don't just repeat the same argument over and over do, eventually, run out of arguments... but I'm afraid that says more about you than it does about us

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:38pm

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    it's cool that you get to do what you do, I support that, and my hope is that you wouldn't have to work a day job to support yourself and rather you could have a professional creative career, but that choice is taken away from you, and you are supporting the people taking that choice away.

    so no offense dude, but you are a hobbyists. you are not reliant on the income of your music to pay your bills. so, yes, I have hobbies too, but I don't pretend to be a working professional in those fields.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:38pm

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    > But you guys don't even want to pay once.

    Wow, where in the hell did you get that idea from? Are you really that bloody single minded. "Everyone who disagrees with me, will never pay for music"? Is that it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:40pm

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    blood sucking leach is the pirate bay who takes 100% of the artists money, and pays the artist 0%

    are you supporting the pirate bay ripping off artists?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:43pm

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    not really, you guys have the same talking points repeated over and over, how's it feel? ... so tell me, do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists and paying them nothing? what's your stand on that?

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:43pm

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    What money? You do realize that The Pirate Bay doesn't charge people for downloading the stuff.

    So what money is the artist's, actually?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:47pm

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    when the pirate bay offers contracts and compensation to artists let me know, until then they are ripping off artists and keeping 100% of the money... isn't that your rant against labels? well guess what, the pirate bay is worse than all the labels and the RIAA... the pirate bay pays artists 0% and keeps 100% for the profit for themselves, yeah, that's progress.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:49pm

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    Do you hate fans? Do you hate getting free publicity? Do you hate getting your name out there?

    Apparently you do, because you don't dare to voice your opinion under your own name, instead hide behind the "anonymous coward" nom de plume.

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:49pm

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    Mark Gorton from Limewire--worth about 100 million, before he lost it all in his court case. Kim.com. again, worth untold millions. Creeps cloaked in fake idealism who's only innovation was to find a way to give away copyrighted material and keep all the $ for themselves. I'm no apologist for the labels, but wake up. Every corporation plays hardball with their contract labor. Create something of value, record or write a hit and you can re-write your deal points and you'll get a fair deal. I've seen it done countless times. My major spent a ridiculous amount of $ on my crappy record many years ago and I walked away from it, free and clear. I'm now a songwriter, my deals are with publishers and our $, what little is left of it, is determined by the copyright royalty board. My songs are everywhere--7 of the top 10 sites when I google any of them are infringing--making $ for everyone but me. Big tech and their data mining operations own the world now, we content creators are the canaries. You're next.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:49pm

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    instant gratification is how the pirate bay makes 100% of the artists money, while paying the artists 0%

    do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:53pm

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    the pirate bay doesn't host any content, and they barely make any money, so honestly I'm still not sure what you're talking about with that whole thing

    but remind me again, what per cent do they keep? what per cent do they give to artists? i'm not sure if you've told us yet

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:57pm

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    So you have other options...pay a label to market you how they please but no guarantee of successful marketing.

    Then again, if you are not popular they just ignore you and keep your money.

    The labels are one side of a criminal spectrum, the other side being piracy.


    You apprently don't understand that or else you would stop advocating support of a greedy business entity

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 2:59pm

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    Hey dumbshit don't tell us to wake up when you refuse to see how labels are just as bad criminals as pirates.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:02pm

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    You're retarded..if you had even bothered checking that wikipedia link on pirate bay you'd notice they have to divy the money up to maintain the website...so no they don't keep 100%

    Then you completely miss the point that labels are just as greedy. They tried to lower royalties for artists to 9%.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:02pm

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    No one is forcing me to download your shit.

    And no one is stopping you to promote your legal channels on the pirate bay.

    How about this: "Great, guys, that you found my work. If you like it, here is the link to my itunes page and my amazon page. I'd love it if you bought the album too. And here is the link to my kickstarter project, to help me fund my next album."

    YOU are the one responsible for your own promotion, and the Pirate Bay is offering you a free place to distribute. They don't need to offer contracts and stuff like that. You don't need a contract to get paid.

    The money they raise goes to bandwidth bills, they aren't filthy rich, like you imagine them to be.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:03pm

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    Quote anyone who supported the pirate bay ripping off artists?

    People are more inclined to pick apart your half assed argument

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:08pm

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    If the 99% are dependent upon the labels, who would rather cut your income than reduce their profits, then yes you'd lose by filesharing as that cuts the labels' income.

    How much time have you spent on this site?

    The income that the filesharing sites earns goes straight into bandwidth, infrastructure, and a little for a few people running (not thousands, there were 3 for the Pirate Bay). And let's not forget someone already posted the proof provided by the indictment, ad revenues for the Pirate Bay were $106k US. Consider the bandwidth costs and hardware upkeep costs, split the remainder 3 ways and that's their income.

    Are you certain that the income stream is severely diverted to infringers and enablers? You remember the works for hire law that took some 3yrs to be repealed? The labels did that dude.

    People are NOT profiting off your back like you think they are, at least not the filesharing crowd.

    Have you and the engineers/producers/songwriters, the 99% basically, considered other means of income? No, not day jobs, but instead a) charge artist x dollars for mixing or recording, or for your song b) write new songs and sell to other artists or mix their work or add them to your promotional list.

    Think of the painter, if he/she wants more $$, they paint more. It's different from the license, which you don't have to dismiss, but let's face it, the public has a difficult time with being paid for the duration of copyright terms. It isn't much, no, but I've heard the "my kids, my estate" complaints too. Okay, why again am I supposed to pay for the estate of someone's family because they created a piece of work?

    I write code and design systems. I don't get paid each time the system is used, so if I want more income, I have to develop more systems and write more code.

    Perhaps the "royalty" model is failing to keep up with the times. It worked "well" under the false-scarcity of copies world, but we're beyond that.

    If you are a great engineer, you'll get more bands for you to record, they'll pay you $x. Want more $$, you'll have to work with more bands, promoting yourself.

    Same goes for songs. If you are that great of a writer, can you consider not licensing and instead breaking the mold and selling the right to perform for a fixed cost.

    I realize it isn't the same and that's now how it is done, but the means of distribution isn't the same either. There's more than just radio. And there's far more people writing than before as they now have a chance.

    You have to compete with that, but you can't say "I'm getting free distribution but they make tonnes off of me so they shouldn't."

    What if we started charging all artists and users for content shared on the network. That would be like... if Napster was purchased by UMG in 1998/9. All users had to pay money to upload and download. All artists had to give up a portion of their royalties for covering the costs of exposure and ability to be shared.

    That's the monetized version of filesharing. That's not what filesharing is about and those profits under that imaginary system (assuming any competition was killed) would be real profits, much like the Pirate Bay was accused of.

    That world would be far worse for EVERYONE, songwriters included, you'd get even less than you do now. You could still argue the operators of Nap$ter are profiting off of your work, but you'd be actually correct. The labels would have much more $$ and total control.

    Hell, if they didn't like your work or figured it wasn't valuable enough financially, they'd just drop you and you'd get nothing. You'd have no where to go, no Pirate Bay, no BitTorrent, not P2P, nothing. Your songs would not be on any list, anywhere.

    That's what it could be like and if the execs at UMG and the like had their way, that's what it would be like. No competition from pesky indie artists. Nothing. Just fake "indie" labels owned by the majors, with 2% royalties, and unrecouped artists. That's where the unrecouped artists go.

    "If I go cold I won't get sold, I'll be put in the back, on the discount rack, like another can of beans." Billy Joel, the Entertainer.

    The future is open for you right now and the other 99%, but not if you hold hope into the old ways. Or worse, if the labels buy their laws and kill all competition, you'd be totally screwed as there will be really no where to go.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:08pm

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    you should pop your own stuff up on TPB's promo page with a link to your site.

    honestly, It couldnt hurt, I would buy your stuff if i wasnt DBMF....I have linked a few friends to it already :)

    another place that could get you some traffic is demonoid, a few bands got a good traffic and sales/donation boost from the noid.(one of them due to me telling an old friend whos a member to toss his stuff up in mp3, flac and vorbis....they got enough to upgrade their sound gear for local gigs!!!)

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:14pm

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    may haps thats a lesson for people who want to do music for a living, they shouldnt quit their day jobs...or night jobs...

    I dont think anybody has the right to instantly make money doing what they love, I know a woman who LOVES knitting, shes horrible at it, but she loves it...you couldnt sell her "Sweaters" to a man dieing of hypothermia on the south poll in winter....but she loves it and if she could she would do it for a living....(last blanket she made was...not square...lol)

    please if your a musician let us know who you really are(with some proof) so we can avoid your works if you hate us "freetards" so much...

    note: I duno who decided "Freetard" should be used for anything but free software foundation/stallman types... thats where it originated after all...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:21pm

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    Did you also search on the royalty discussions most of those companies entered into with the majors prior to be sued?

    It wasn't enough. Apple is loaded enough that they won't be sued out of existence and smart enough to play ball with the majors, but not strong enough to say "piss off."

    Every tech company who tried to make sharing possible and gained any popularity was attacked by the labels.

    A UWaterloo student invented a filesharing program and it was not even released and she was attacked and threatened.

    What you see is the people who tried to be reasonable with the labels, were threatened and decided against being exploited for THEIR WORK (ie software development) by people who did NOTHING to create that (ie: labels). After negotiations fell through, they were left alone, chose to profit as much as possible to pay for the lawyers for the lawsuit that would have left them broke.

    That's the reality. They were also cocky. They also developed software that helped to spread Linux. I'm sure Micro$oft was against Limewire for that too!

    It's not all "let's rip off the artists" and if you truly believe that, you won't make it going forward. You'll fade out. If you are that good of a songwriter, you do not want that and I would hope you'll listen a little more here.

    Things are not as bad as you think but you can't go forward with how things were. You must adapt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:26pm

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    I agree, I don't know why people here support the pirate bay ripping off artists and keeping 100% of the artists money. It's disgusting to see people advocating that the solution to one injustice is to support and promote an even GREATER injustice that pays artists NOTHING.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:29pm

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    according to tech crunch the pirate bay makes Four Million Dollars a year and keeps 100% of the artists money and pays the artists 0% of of the money.

    why do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists? why do you hate artists so much leigh that you think it's OK for tech companies like the pirate bay to rip them off?

     

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    JP, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:33pm

    Okay, that's it. I'm going to punch a baby for each post with the word "FAIL" in it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:34pm

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    People here support the pirate bay?

    (Citation needed)

    Ohhh wait, ac trolls don't need to provide evidence to their claims or address any points like why they still support labels that steal less of the artists money then pirate bay.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:36pm

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    utter BS - IF "It's not all "let's rip off the artists" then tell me if you support the pirate bay ripping off artists and keeping 100% of the artists money, and paying the artists $0 dollars!

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:36pm

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    funny, the case found TPB dosnt make much money, nowhere close to the millions that the industry claimed....

    and just being on there, without being featured is advertising, because the sites GLOBAL and known GLOBALLY, no region lockouts, no gatekeepers, i mean other then the few govts who have followed your flawed logic and ordered tpb banned, and even those bans are useless...because they are easy to bypass....

     

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    writeem (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:36pm

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    You write code, good for you. I assume you're compensated, that the code is proprietary? Maybe you should give it away for exposure, get fans, facebook friends, make a living that way.
    The brave new world is a lot like the old one, only now the lords and masters are big search, the ISP's (who are coming around slowly since they now own content), advertisers, payment processors. Funny how little has changed as far as who actually creates the music and films that drive the traffic. Tastes haven't changed, everyone still wants great content from major labels and studios, they just don't want to have to pay the cost of creating it. If I'm a dinosaur, I'll lumber off the tar pit. But as long as my songs are everywhere is Cyberspace, making $ for everyone but me, I'll bellow now and then. Thanks for the exchange, no one's mind was changed I'll bet. Off to the studio.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:41pm

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    People are NOT profiting off your back like you think they are, at least not the filesharing crowd.

    Of course they do.
    People save a ton of their entertainment dollars by downloading all their music without paying for it. That money goes elsewhere, on products that can't be taken without negative consequences to the taker.
    There is also a huge flaw in the argument that a musician shouldn't be paid for doing nothing. When you download an album you aren't even paying once.
    Any album is hard work, and has a cost, sometimes considerable. So you don't like copyright and royalties, but that doesn't excuse not paying the initial price. In reality, you ARE taking work without paying for it!

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:41pm

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    what "artists money" is that...where did it come from?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:44pm

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    can you show me specifically where leigh and mike say that they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists, I'd like to see it. until then, it seems pretty obvious they do.

    and if they don't it shouldn't be hard for them to say so, themselves and directly.

    don't let the cat getchyer tongue now, ya hear.

    citation please.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:47pm

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    show me leigh and mike saying they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists (citation please) c'mon show me where mike and leigh say that they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists... show it to me ... LOL. c'mon, we can get to single character width! spoofin...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:49pm

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    why do you support the pirate bay ripping off artist leigh? single character width here we come! LOL.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 3:58pm

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    if you dont like your pay model, maby you should work to change it.

    get paid up front for your work rather then working on a % basis or per play/sale basis.

    I know the reason I wont take salary again is that I got tired of working long hrs for no overtime as I watched others get paid over time....

    I get where your coming from but, you cant blame this all on "piracy", your made a choice when you signed your contract, you agreed to take what they felt you deserved, same as artists who sign with major lables accept they are going to get bent over and dry humped by their lable...

    if your pissed/fed up with whats happening, change fields, write jingles or music for videogames, something where you can get a per job payment or royalties without much worry about somebody "stealing" from you.

    I do really hate to tell you this, but very few "pirate" sites make a profit, most of them make enough to keep the site up, and very little extra...ad revenue is pretty pathetic even on a very popular site, I was once staff on a VERY popular gaming site/forums, even with ads on both sides and in posts and tens of thousands of views a day, we could barely cover the cost of maintaining the site.

    the fact is, you have been lead to believe that these "pirate sites" make millions when most dont even make thousands.....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:00pm

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    Wow, no wonder you support the labels ripping people off.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:01pm

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    Yawn. You'd be good at politics, you know - trying to reduce everything to a single hot-button item that is not actually a valid question or a relevant point, and regarding which you have completely ignored multiple attempts to respond in greater detail. Sorry, but I won't be baited by someone as childish and stubborn as you've proven to be throughout this whole thread.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:01pm

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    You made the claim, burden of proof rests on your shoulders chum.

    Then again, that's not it's about, is it. There's a certain jealousy to your words regarding this tech blog...that or a teen beat Masnick poster on your wall.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:04pm

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    show me leigh and mike saying they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists (citation please)

    As multiple people have explained to you in this thread, we don't believe that the Pirate Bay is ripping off artists - or at least that it's not as simple as that, given that the Pirate Bay doesn't host any content and it's users doing all the copying.

    You can't ask me if I support something that I don't believe is true. Your argument appears to be fashioned after a 10-year-old's insult: "Duhh, do your parents know you're gay? Yes or no!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:06pm

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    no dumbshit, pirates are waaaaay worse than labels.

    the pirate bay = 100% of artists money
    artists on tpb = 0% of the artists money

    why is your response to one injustice (labels) to support and promote an even GREATER injustice (piracy)?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:08pm

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    I support artists getting paid, I do not support labels ripping off artist. I do not support labels ripping artists off.

    ok, now that we're clear, show me where mike and leigh say they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists ...

     

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    Milton Freewater, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:10pm

    Today, an artist has been ripped off

    That artist is El-P, who poured a lot of work into a thoughtful post about his perspective on Internet distribution only to have the comment thread on his work hijacked by one brain-dead goon.

    This goon has stolen from El-P. He doesn't owe him money for his work, but he ripped him off just the same. He used El-P's work to distribute his own without providing compensation, and worse, he muzzled El-P's right to communicate with potential customers. This is more offensive than even the worst (false) characterization of what The Pirate Bay does.

    Someone on another site recently stated "file-sharing is this generation's Prohibition." I disagree - online piracy is this generation's Satan-worshipping child molestation ring. It doesn't exist the way hysterics describe it, and every time I read a spammed TechDirt thread, I become more and more anti-copyright for one and only one reason - I am careful about the company I keep.

    I can't believe the **AAs or Comcast believe they are getting their money's worth from this kind of shilling.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:11pm

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    if you dont like your pay model, maby you should work to change it.

    get paid up front for your work rather then working on a % basis or per play/sale basis.


    I'm happy with the current pay model. You seem unhappy with royalty payments for musicians, so I'm just pointing out the flaw in unauthorized downloading is that we the artist doesn't even get paid once.
    Another flaw in the general opinion here at Techdirt is that you ignore the army of self releasers and small independents.
    When you download that music against our wishes (AND you do), you don't pay the artist even once. You are angry at the middle men and the copyright system, but when an independent artist asks you to support their recordings by paying them directly, many of you still download the music without paying. The OP EI-P is a clear example of that. pay the guy once. Support the artists who have sidestepped the 'gatekeepers' and put up their own money to make their own recordings.
    Until you do, all the diatribes against 'gatekeepers' and artists being paid for doing no work are just uninformed BS.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:12pm

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    did you leave your brain in David Lowery's fridge or something? I don't see you on record anywhere saying you didn't, so I'm going to assume as much

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:13pm

    the pirate bay is ripping off artists. that's a fact. other wise show me where the contracts and payments to artists are.

    citation please.

    and so you support that. I support the artists getting paid.

    I know you couldn't say it. I knew you supported the pirate bay ripping off artists. why do you hate artists so much?

    you don't think the pirate bay is ripping off artists? not after losing lawsuits? not when it is obvious?

    you think it's ok that the pirate bay makes money by exploiting artists illegally. wow, just wow.

    you are too funny... single word thread... gotchya!

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:15pm

    Re:

    um, i'm using chronological view so i'm really not bothered by how narrow the thread is - glad to know you're having to expend extra effort to continue this idiotic crusade of yours, though

    anyway, we've already rejected your braindead definition of "ripping off" so sorry, you have still failed to make any kind of point whatsoever

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:15pm

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    these cats don't believe you are owed anything for your work unless you sing for yer suppa every night. sad but true.


    Sad, yes. True, no.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:16pm

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    just show me where mike and leigh say that they don't support the pirate bay ripping off artists by taking 100% of the artists money.

    why do you hate artists so much?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:18pm

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    why do you hate artists so much?

    well I didn't before actually, but assuming you're an artist, then...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:22pm

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    the money comes from the same place it does for everyone else online, advertising. this is "tech" dirt do you really not understand how the web works?

    http://techcrunch.com/2008/01/31/the-pirate-bay-makes-4-million-a-year-on-illegal-p2p-file-shari ng-says-prosecutor/

    so yes, the pirate bay makes $4m a year and pays ZERO to the artists by illegally ripping off the artist. why do you support artists getting ripped off?

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:24pm

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    please again let us know who you are so we can avoid downloading your work, and also spread the word that you hate anybody who downloads your work, it will save you from our evil hateful ways and us from supporting somebody who hates us.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:27pm

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    you haven't done anything except show your support for the pirate bay ripping off artists. please explain how the pirate bay is paying artists, citation please.

    this is my first post today, so I don't know what you are talking about.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:30pm

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    you need a contract to distribute the artists work for commercial profit which is what the pirate bay does, and takes 100% of the artists money, ripping the artist off and giving the artists 0% of the money earned from that commercial exploitation... at least $4m a year according to tech crunch.

    why do you support ripping off artists?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:30pm

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    why do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:31pm

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    "Come on. The quote is "in space" with all of the context around it removed. Are you fucking kidding me? Even Mike wouldn't cherry pick that bad!"

    Well, if the quote that got to the heart of the matter isn't satisfying to you then read the full 17 page court decision here in all it's context...

    http://tinyurl.com/usa-vs-dove-pdf

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:32pm

    writeem and AC

    please give us a list of your songs and your real or at least stage names.

    this would help us greatly to avoid anything you have had a hand increating, and by extention would insure we don "screw you" out of those millions of dollars your sure p2p sites all make off your hard work.

    let me be clear, I pay for music I like, If I dont like it, I delete it, I refuse to buy music from RIAA lables unless its 2nd hand(used), I refuse to buy ANYTHING without hearing it(been screwed by your ilk to many times)

    I would really like to know what music your involved in, so i can spread the word that you hate anybody who uses p2p and hate anybody who dosnt pay you for content you in anyway had a hand in creating.

    I also dont feel that lifetime+70+years is a valid or useful copyright period, I dont feel somebody should work once and get paid for the rest of their lives AND their kids should also get paid....thats BS.

    Sorry but being paid over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

    for working once decades ago is BS, why do you people think your so special you should get paid more and for longer then people who work day in day out for a living?

    please I must ask again could you please list the songs and names we need to avoid to avoid your taint....i mean content.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:33pm

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    why do you support people ripping off artists? explain how the pirate bay is not ripping off artists? this will be good.

    who is david lowery?

     

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    AzureSky (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:38pm

    Re: Today, an artist has been ripped off

    well said, they took away a chance for El-P to connect even more with this community, by doing that they in many ways silenced his voice.

    that was, Im sure their intent, to stop speech from somebody whos taking a tact they find offensive(not hating on p2p and blaming it for all the worlds problems.

    El-P came here and posted something quite mature and respectful, he was humble and kind, and he got shit on by the very people who claim to have his best interest at heart....the content industry....where the rest of us have shown him nothing but respect....

    I think by the actions of those in this thread you can infer who the nice guys and assholes really are.....

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:42pm

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    45% less professional musicians from 2001 to 2011 according to the US Bureau Of Labor Statistics.

    Obviously the school system has cut back on music teachers then - since they are by far the largest group of professional musicians.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:58pm

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    Why do you support eugenics? I mean, you've been in this thread for hours making an excellent case for it...

     

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    Richard (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:58pm

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    You write code, good for you. I assume you're compensated, that the code is proprietary? Maybe you should give it away for exposure, get fans, facebook friends, make a living that way.

    Really bad assumption!

    Statistically most programmers write bespoke code that is commissioned by the end user. If you want to make an assumption then that should be it. That particular business model is entirely consistent with the views expressed. If musicians worked that way (and many do) they would not have a problem.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:03pm

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    please explain how the pirate bay is paying artists

    If not paying artists is the same as ripping them off, then 99.99% of America is ripping me off.

    Obviously it doesn't work that way. If one of my albums is shared on The Pirate Bay, then my bank account isn't any lighter because of it.

    And, no, The Pirate Bay is not ripping anyone off, because they don't offer, nor make money off of, anyone's content. They make money off of advertising to users, and those users share content, but that's not the same thing. The users are (mostly) not trying to rip anyone off; they're fans who like sharing music. The Pirate Bay is the place where they go to do it.

    I'm not saying The Pirate Bay is hunky-dory for all musicians, but they're clearly not the bugaboo the record industry says they are. And, if you're an up-and-coming artist, you can certainly use them (for free!) to get more popular, and make more money. Many have.

    this is my first post today

    You know, there are these things called "Gravatars." Because of them, we can tell that you're lying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    Hate?

    I don't hate anyone, not even the worst pirates.
    I'm just pointing out the faulty logic many of you use to excuse ripping off artists.
    So to conclude:
    Even when an artist uses their own money to make music, and cuts out the gatekeeper, many people pirate the music (example EI-P)
    You don't like copyright's length and scope, but you are unwilling to pay artists even once when they go DIY and release a record.
    You don't think anyone should be paid for doing something they love, even though many Apple employees love technology, many nurses love caring for people, and soldiers love serving their country.
    You are fighting (supposedly) for freedom and democracy. However you refuse to abide by the law while you can't change the music business model democratically, and you trample on all musicians freedoms in pursuit of your own (financial not creative) ideals.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Hate?

    The only faulty logic is a guy attempting to justify a monopoly that is really priceless.

    People constantly say to you, that people should get paid once, not forever and not have rights that can be abused left and right, just because you feel you are entitled to.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    Re: Hate?

    You don't like that people complain about the censoring powers given to idiots that believe they should be paid over and over and over again.

    You don't like when people complain that nobody else have those kind of "rights", you don't care how those things affects others and so you keep trying to defend the indefensible.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:25pm

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    Ever hear of Red Hat? Not only do they release their source code for free, they make money doing so. And they release Fedora for free too.

    No royalties mandated by laws in attempts to keep some income for their kids.

    I am paid by customers developing a product which their customers have ordered.

    No where in our contracts is it written that I must be paid a royalty so my kids can not work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:25pm

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    I don't understand why a leech needs to get paid.

    The social leeches you call artists didn't do the work, why they should get any of that money.

    If I work the land I am entitled to the fruits of that work, if another guy comes in and do better than me is his not mine, why should you or anyone else get some?

    I don't even believe that somebody playing the same song as you should pay you anything, they should get their money from the people who wants to pay them and not have to deal with people like you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:36pm

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    long time reader, first time poster.

    it appears there's nothing you can say changes the fact that you are supporting artists being ripped off by the pirate bay. can you show me when the pirate bay has paid artists?

    just tell me why your solution to one injustice (labels) is an even greater injustice (piracy).

    go ahead, you seem to be speechless when actually having to use logic.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:36pm

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    100% of artists money?

    Where?

    Where is the work the artist did there to warrant any money at all?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:37pm

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    You do know how much indies get from ASCAP and BMI right?

    Exactly ZERO!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:38pm

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    just answer the question leigh, why do you support artists being ripped off by the pirate bay and paying them nothing.

    you can always come to the light and just say "I leigh, do not support artists getting ripped off by the pirate bay."

    If you don't support artists getting ripped off, just say so.

    I won't hold my breath.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:40pm

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    "um, i'm using chronological view so i'm really not bothered by how narrow the thread is"

    and I can tell you are lying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:41pm

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    You're convoluting the by trying to cram as many arguments as possible into one argument, even when they are not related.

    1) The money goes elsewhere into the economy
    2) It may not go into the label's pockets, but it goes into the economy none the less
    3) When you download an album - now you're assuming 1 download != 1 sale
    4) You are listening/viewing without paying for it, the question is, would you have otherwise if it was not for free? Not necessarily, such assumptions that "yes they would" are as ridiculous as "no one will buy if it is free" because that's been proven wrong already (see: iTunes).
    5) No one denies the hard work required, but they deny that since free distribution is available suddenly the non-existing profits (above paying for people who host it and developed the service) somehow should be distributed to the artists.
    6) What part of my argument says a musician should be paid for doing nothing? Where did I say that? No where - strawman attempt!
    7) When you download an album and later buy it, you DID pay. Though if you believe the RIAA that's two sales that should have happened, once when you downloaded it for free and once when you bought it from a store (online or physical). That is NOT reality!
    8) Any album may be hard work but is that hard work worth it? If I spend six months, 12 hours a day developing an application and it crashes randomly and corrupts data, who will buy it or even use it? They may download it, try it and remove it. Just because you put hard work into something does not make it worth some value that you decide it is.
    9) How many albums have you bought for just one or two songs? How many of the other songs were filler? Tough luck? Ugh, no, that's "fuck you consumer." And that's another reason (note: "another reason" is not the same as "the only reason") why people don't buy albums but instead buy tracks.
    10) If a band releases questionable material TO YOU are you willing to gamble on their next release? Or would you rather download it and feel relieved when it sucked. And the same applies to the opposite, you download for free and wow it was awesome, so you next time buy it.
    11) Case and Point: Apparitions, downloaded free, later bought the album along with many other albums (CD's - I'm old school). Case and Point again: U2's last few albums, heard tracks after downloading, didn't like, didn't spend the money, not pissed that I was "ripped off into buying this sold-as-amazing but completely disappointing music."
    12) For those who don't care or who want more, if you want to make more $$$ on copies that are available for free, give them a reason and they'll do more than pay the $10 for the album where you get $2 if you're lucky. They'll buy the packages you offer, not just a damn tShirt, look at different packages (NIN, John Freese, Amanda Palmber, etc..) offered.


    Look, you can't go against the flood gates so stop lavishing in the past and look at ways to go forward, and don't do it half-assed. And most of all, don't alienate your fans, remember if fans paid they should not be lectured! They'll quickly turn into non-paying fans if not non-paying-non-fans!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:41pm

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    I realize the pirate bay is making 100% of the money and paying the artists 0% of the money. Why do you support companies operating illegally ripping off artists?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:44pm

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    And I referring to the fact that it worked so well that they keep doing it to this day and it is there to everyone to see it.

    Why would they keep giving away music for free if they weren't able to get money some way?

    I bet when you go fishing you tell the freetard fish not to eat your bait right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:45pm

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    the getting paid solution is the one that works better.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:47pm

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    illegal BUSINESSES like the pirate bay should not be able to operate illegally. the pirate bay is ripping off artists, and paying the artists nothing. the pirate bay is a for profit business. you do know the difference between a person and a business right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:48pm

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    Translation needed, anyone be so kind to decipher what he just said above?

    I know it is not worth it, but I would like to have a laugh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:51pm

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    I don't think people see as being a musician these days as a cool thing. I bet nobody is making any friends in social circles if they say they are a leeching musician that depends on a monopoly that screw others.

    That is as reasonable as your own assertions.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:52pm

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    I'll say this one more time, very carefully:

    I don't believe that artists ARE being ripped off by the pirate bay.

    So your question is invalid. I neither support nor not-support it, because it's not a real thing - it's a concept you made up.

    Anyway, I'm about done listening to you repeat yourself over and over and over again. Good thing you're anonymous, because holy shit do you ever look like a fool on this comment thread.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:53pm

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    Can you answer why do you support censorship and oppressive regimes by supporting the legal frameworks that are used by others to do harm to people?

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:53pm

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    try the button that says "chronoligical" at the top of the comments idiot - then the posts won't be narrow anymore and you can read them just fine. Jeeze you're dense.

     

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:56pm

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    actually my mistake, it says "flattened"

    normally I wouldn't bother clarifying that because I would trust a person to be able to figure it out, but you've got that brain-in-David-Lowery's-fridge problem i mentioned so i figure, better safe than sorry...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Hate?

    >You don't like copyright's length and scope, but you are unwilling to pay artists even once when they go DIY and release a record.

    I don't like copyright's length and scope, and I'm also unwilling to pay El-P because I'm not interested in music outside of what I already have. Yet, I'm also considered a lost sale.

    >You don't think anyone should be paid for doing something they love, even though many Apple employees love technology, many nurses love caring for people, and soldiers love serving their country.

    Is anyone here advocating getting technology, healthcare and national security for free? For that matter, two of the latter are already handled to some extent by taxes that everyone pays. Your analogy is thoroughly horrible.

    >However you refuse to abide by the law while you can't change the music business model democratically

    You mean like how life + 70 years were introduced democratically at the majority vote of the citizens? Are you really claiming that artists democratically wanted contracts that rip them off?

    You shills are such a bunch of douchenozzles.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:03pm

    Re: Hate?

    first, I have no issue with people being paid to do/from doing something they love, but being paid for the rest of their lives and their childrens lives....thats not fair in my book...

    our "democracy" is a farce, its become a corporatocracy, society has made it clear for years that the bulk of us dont like or respect copyright as it stands, yet the govt dosnt listen, why is that?

    its because big content has the money to pay them to ignore us OR they are stake holders in big content.

    next you will say "vote them out" how exectially do we do that and vote in somebody whos not a wholey owned subsidary of the same industry when big content backs both sides?

    and on a note, soldiers enlarge love our country, but they dont love killing and dieing for it nore do they love being maimed (mentally or physically) they dont love being seen/though of as murderes by the bulk of the non-us world...

    please again give us your name, and the works you have been involved in so we can avoid them, if you cant do that, you just admitting your a lier and shill.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:04pm

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    I just like to make people like you look like tools.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:05pm

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    I love to see you make laws inside my own home LoL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:21pm

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    Quote:
    They made more because they EMI had already spent millions making them "Radiohead."


    That is what you said.
    Those links shows that people actually can get famous without EMI spending millions on making them, they can do it using Youtube and even get hired by EMI.

    Bieber was made on Youtube, the girl for the Glee was made on Youtube, many others are being made by Youtube with a growing number making six figures on there alone and you are saying it is not possible?

    LoL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:29pm

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    Well, the fact is something those fans are doing it because Radiohead keeps giving them more free stuff, so money must be coming in from somewhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:40pm

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    I found out about it through a friend over MSN, but thanks! They're an awesome band, I'm gonna try and hunt down their other CD's if they're even available any more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:41pm

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    If it were that simple, the site would be taken down already. But the ship still sails. :3

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 6:44pm

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    just show me that contract and terms from the Pirate Bay

    You didn't say The Pirate Bay. You said "tech corporate fat cats," which the Pirate Bay is not.

    Trying to lump in all tech companies with the Pirate Bay is simply libelous.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:00pm

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    Wow, where in the hell did you get that idea from? Are you really that bloody single minded. "Everyone who disagrees with me, will never pay for music"? Is that it?


    That's a ridiculous twisting of my comment. Why am I not surprised.
    many times I've read Techdirters say they wont pay for music. They don't like the label system and they don't like copyright terms.
    So if you downloaded the EI-P record without buying it, and you then claim artists shouldn't be paid for not working (aka copyright), how are you even paying EI-P once, for the WORK HE HAS DONE?
    Just answer the question without twisting my words to suit your agenda.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:20pm

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    at most, it's a lost potential sale.
    Many people try before they buy, so even that might not be fully accurate. They might buy it after getting a pirated copy.

    Correlation does not mean causation. The industry drop could equally be caused by the rise of independent artists bypassing the main publishers and dealing with the public directly.

     

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    nasch (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:43pm

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    I agree, I don't know why people here support the pirate bay ripping off artists and keeping 100% of the artists money.

    How did The Pirate Bay get the artists' money?

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:03pm

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    long time reader, first time poster.

    Wow, seriously? We all can see that you're the same idiot who's already vomited nonsense all over this thread. For fuck's sake, you even have the same gravitar.

    By the way, when did you stop beating your wife?

     

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    Karl (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:12pm

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    spotify does not sell records.

    "That argument is absolutely bogus. What we are seeing is that all these new services and new subscription packages are exploding without compromising or cannibalizing other revenue streams."

    Who was it that said that? Some freetard pirate who wants to do nothing but rip artists off?

    It was Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global digital business sector.

    ...So, maybe the answer is "yes."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Re: Hate?

    How do I get paid even 'once' when my record is pirated?

    Simple question.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:25pm

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    The same way that Red Hat does, offering a service and getting paid, is not that hard.

    Also McDonalds get pirated by everybody and they still manage to make money, every restaurant in the world can be pirated and they still get paid, every carpenter, every engineer, every dentist, medic gets pirated and they still get paid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    By buying his merch and going to live presentations.

    I don't think you realize that a fucking plastic disc is just another form of merch, piracy has not stopped you or anybody from selling your shit, so do it and stop bothering others with laws that not only are ridiculous they are also harmful to society since they are the same tools used for censorship and a threat to civil liberties everywhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:35pm

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    A simple question with a simple answer.
    How everybody else inside society gets paid since they have zero protection and don't have monopoly rights?

    What Mike does must profoundly upset you, because he shows to anybody who want to hear that even without a monopoly people somehow still managed to get paid through a lot of other means.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:12pm

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    >How do I get paid even 'once' when my record is pirated?
    Simple question.

    So you're saying that the moment someone "pirates" or freely downloads your record, you can never expect to be paid ever again? I guess that means no one has ever paid for a single record, since any incidence of piracy means that you can't ever be paid, ever again. Since every record out there has been pirated at least once it means everyone from Britney Spears to Gene Simmons has never received money for their records.

    You are such a douchenozzle.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:43pm

    Re: Question

    I'm a songwriter. Just wondering how I, and all the other behind the scenes types who create the content that drives 99% of p2p traffic, get paid?

    You don't get paid to write songs? Why not? Recent stories about "writing camps" for hit singers talks about how songwriters are getting tens of thousands of dollars for a single song.

    Perhaps you need to try actually selling your ability to write songs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 12:14am

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    you look like a fool who is unable to answer a simple direct question. why do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists?

    and I'm loving your censorship, how SOPA of you, LOL... so yes, you look foolish indeed employing the very tactics you say you are against, of the irony!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 12:19am

    "This comment has been flagged by the community. Click to show the comment."

    I love the hypocrisy of the techdirt community censoring posts, how very SOPA of you! So much for you supporting freedom of expression.

    So score card at end of day... TechDirt supports The Pirate Bay ripping off artists, and TechDirt censors posts. So much for open.

    Wow, just wow. The truth must be hard to take.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 12:24am

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    mike, maybe artists just need to get paid without having their work illegally exploited by the pirate bay makes 100% of the money from the artists work, and pays the artists and songwriters nothing.

    why do you support the pirate bay ripping off musicians, and why do you hate songwriters and artists so much?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Why do you support censorship laws?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:06am

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    The Pirate Bay is not illegal.

    Illegal was the tactics used to make it illegal in some countries.

    The Pirate Bay should keep any proceedings they so get and the reason is simple they don't exploit any artists they exploit users by offering them something they need and that is a place to share, and share they do, if it is illegal or not, should never be a matter for the Pirate Bay to decide, specially because not even morons like you would be able to say with certainty that something is infringing or not, and that in a nutshell is why copyrights is dead and why people don't, won't and can't respect it, because nobody understands that crap not even people educated on the art of the law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:07am

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    Then obviously you are against copyrights.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:09am

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    The kind of freedom you want is not going to happen because it involves taking away others freedoms and that is not a win win for anybody.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:19am

    Re:

    It's not censorship, as your comment is still available, just click to show the comment.

    Some people use it to flag comments they disagree with, but it's not unavailable.
    Censorship would be if no-one could even see that you posted something.

    Score card at the end of the day:

    We do not support The Pirate Bay ripping off artists, also we do not think that The Pirate Bay is ripping off artists, that's a fabrication on your end. So 0 points for you.

    Techdirt doesn't censor posts, again, misconstruing on your end: 0 points.

    The truth is, that you are unwilling to think in the new economic truths.

    Fact: pirates have always been there, they are now only more on the forefront. But there have ALWAYS been pirates one way or another. And one man's pirate is another man's only source for content. (Region locking is so retarded in a global world)

    Fact: You can't put this cat back in the bag, but you can use the piracy to your advantage, if only you take some time to learn how to communicate with that community.

    Fact: artists that have embraced the new economic scales of unlimited supply are doing better than ever before.
    In fact, independent artists are having more opportunities of getting heard than in any time in the history of music and movies. And there are many ways of getting funded, with Band Camp, Kickstarter campaigns, and the many audio stores. And they can use (and do use) TPB and other file sharing platforms as promotional vehicles for their own wares.

    Fact: Any legislative efforts done by governments worldwide are spurred on by the gatekeepers of the content industry, that are deathly afraid of these new models, because they are losing their advantage of being gatekeeper. It's not done to battle 'piracy', that's only an added bonus and only a talking point.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:29am

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    Why are you so intent on putting words in people's mouth? Can't have an honest discussion, because you might get your values challenged?

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:48am

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    the RIAA also has nothing to do with artists rights. the RIAA is looking out for labels not artists.

    The Pirate Bay has nothing to do with artists' rights. The Pirate Bay is about spreading their sociopolitical idea that art and information should be shared freely. They don't care who's producing it, nor should they. It is not relevant.

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:53am

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    No, actually it's this one:
    www.jamendo.com

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 1:56am

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    why do you support the pirate bay ripping off musicians, and why do you hate songwriters and artists so much?


    And when did you stop beating your wife?

    Seriously: we don't support TPB "ripping off musicians" and we don't hate songwriters or artists. We help them make money. Of course, for that to work, you have to actually be able to comprehend some basic concepts like "English." Seeing as you've failed that, and are compensating by making the same moronic accusation over and over again, I think it's clearly established that you're not anyone worth paying attention to.

    What's really sad is that your trolling and thread hijacking killed what could have actually been an interesting discussion by an artist that we actually like and who we're happy to see is able to make money (just as we're thrilled whenever we see smart artists making lots and lots of money).

    You might want to look at some of the case studies where we've helped highlight all sorts of cool ways to make money. That you appear to have melded your mind to a single business model which is apparently failing for you would suggest that perhaps you just suck. Good musicians who treat their fans right don't seem to have too much trouble making money. Thus it seems pretty clear that either you suck as a musician or you're an asshole to your fans. Or both.

    Which is it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:10am

    Re:

    >I love the hypocrisy of the techdirt community censoring posts, how very SOPA of you!

    So under SOPA you would be able to click on a blocked website and be able to view it normally?

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:15am

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    "Waaaahhhhh...It's not enough for me to make music and release it, I want it to be my PROFESSION!"

    There is nothing wrong with being an amateur, and there's nothing special about being a professional. Get over it, you entitled whiner.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:19am

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    I learned the twisting from you and your ilk.

    If I were to download El-P's records, it would be to find out if I like it. If I like it, I'm more than willing to pay money (as I have in the past, and how I'll do things in the future).

    But for the record, I've completely stopped buying movies and music, but also stopped downloading movies and music all together in my year long ban of anything to do with the recording industry and the movie industry.

    I have enough books still to read (most from independent writers, where I've bought their (e)books through Amazon, with the author's affiliate links (thus they make more money that way), and from CreateSpace and Lulu.com), and I'm all the richer for it.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    What a prosecutor claims doesn't have to be the truth.

    The actual courtcases showed a rather different number all together. But why let facts get in the way of a good shilling argument.

    Here is the original article, that yours linked to:
    http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-team-charged-080131/
    And it paints a different picture than what TechCrunch made of it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 3:45am

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    So you're saying that the moment someone "pirates" or freely downloads your record, you can never expect to be paid ever again?

    Uugh. No I'm specifically not saying that. I'm asking a very, very simple question. I get it that this community is not a fan of copyright. And the statement made is that artists shouldn't be paid when they are not working.
    Soooooo. I do do some work, and I record my album. If you download it without paying me, because maybe you say you don't like copyright, how do I get paid for the album? The work I actually did?
    Very simple question. It would be nice if someone could answer me once instead of making up a second question I never asked.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 3:49am

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    here is nothing wrong with being an amateur, and there's nothing special about being a professional. Get over it, you entitled whiner.

    So why do people pay to eat at restaurants?
    And why do 65,000 go to Giants Stadium, when they could watch football free of charge in Central Park?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Question

    You might want to look at some of the case studies where we've helped highlight all sorts of cool ways to make money.

    We don't need to invent new cool ways. We make things, just like other people.
    We make songs, we make records.
    If you like the record you buy it. It's too easy for all concerned.
    What you think? You like a record you download it without paying and maybe buy a t-shirt, or I take you out for dinner next time I'm in town?
    Too complicated.
    just support the music you like by paying the artist directly for the record.

     

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    drew (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hate?

    Ok, click the case studies link at the top and have a read.
    Here's the thing, piracy or no piracy, selling little plastic discs is a shrinking market. An increasing number of people don't even own CD players anymore so you're effectively creating an infinitely abundant product.
    And you're doing it in an environment where the barriers for entry and being constantly lowered and the competition is getting more fierce.
    If your product isn't selling, or the market isn't there, you have to find a product or a market that is.
    Seriously, read the case studies.

     

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    drew (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    I'd hope not to work a day job too, but that has absolutely nothing to do with piracy. Really it doesn't. I was working with a little local label for about 4 years, there was half a dozen bands/acts all "signed" on a straight 50-50 split of the profits.
    But the label folded a couple of years ago. Why? Because they didn't have a business plan. They / we had lots of ideas about how to try and sell our product but at the time we still thought the product was little plastic discs sold at gigs to students.
    But it turns out that students aren't buying little plastic discs anymore. (well, for the most part, turns out that if you make them a bit special then they will - but I only really discovered this afterwards).
    I digress again, apologies.
    The "choice" never got taken away from me, the market shifted and the choice was never there. We were too slow to realise that.
    So yes, I'm a hobbyist, as are an absolute shed-load of other musicians who've worked out that there's a democratisation of the music market coming.
    The barriers to entry are constantly lowering, more people competing for the same pot (at best, more realistically a shrinking pot when you factor in video games), that means fewer stars and, yes, fewer professionals.
    No-one is entitled to be successful, and no-one is entitled to be immune from the effects of change. You can try and adapt or try and fight it, but there's coming up to 3 billion people on the internet now and I'd rather be friends with them than fighting them.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:41am

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    "So why do people pay to eat at restaurants?"

    Because, instead of sitting around whining that nobody's paying them, they offer things worth paying for - even though people can eat much cheaper at home? they offer value for money instead of trying to get "protection"?

    The restaurant analogy is always particularly amusing to me given that so many of them go out of business on a regular basis. Yet, plenty make a lot of money, and plenty still open every week. I don't think I've ever heard a restaurant complain about those "freeloaders" cooking at home or attacking Wal Mart because they sell cheaper microwave meals.

    Nobody who just wants to be a pro musician is entitled to do so without earning it, just as nobody can simply open a restaurant and expect instant profits. Even good restaurants go out of business if they;re not managed properly.

    "And why do 65,000 go to Giants Stadium, when they could watch football free of charge in Central Park?"

    How many sit at home and watch the same game for free (or a least as part of the cable/internet package they already have)?

     

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    drew (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 5:28am

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    "If you like the record you buy it. It's too easy for all concerned." I get sent more legal free music every day than I have time to listen to. You have to do more to stand out.
    "What you think? You like a record you download it without paying and maybe buy a t-shirt, or I take you out for dinner next time I'm in town? Too complicated."
    Too complicated for you maybe, but you don't get to make all the rules. It's a market, you have to have something more to bring to the table. Sorry about that, but that's how it is.
    Give us a link to your stuff, you've put the effort in on this conversation, let us have a listen, maybe we'll like it, maybe we'll buy it, maybe we won't.
    Since starting commenting on this thread I've had 8 downloads of my last album, 5 free, 3 paying. That's £15 in my account that wasn't there before. It could be in your account too.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:01am

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    which is why i said

    Drop the record companies from the equation and spotify pays way more then the record labels for the same licensed rights.

    amazing that he can't read

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:09am

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    as apposed to having to sign over your copyright in exchange for getting the promotion by the labels.

    you can stop the pirate bay from pirating your stuff by going after the original seeders

    no original seeder no one pirating your stuff period.

    Why do you want to take away the CHOICE from all the people who want to use that model.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:13am

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    list your song and i will buy one.

    if your good i will buy more.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:16am

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    Sure, support the music I like by paying the artist directly, but how do I know if I like the music?

    How do I "discover" you? Do you get airtime on Dutch radio? I rather doubt it. Are you on Dutch Spotify? I doubt that too.

    Then tell me, how do I, a potential fan, find your music before buying it?

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hate?

    1. kickstarter for the project before you release
    2. liciencing (including the money megaupload paid per download)
    3. advertising
    4. sponsorship (after you build your brand)
    5. custom gigs (ala dan bull write a song for you)
    6. shout out (as in buy my song and i will put your name in my next thank you song-- again ala dan bull)

    reverse the transaction
    use the current piracy as a promo for your next KICKSTARTER campaign

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:25am

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    No, not according to Tech Crunch, according to the prosecutor in a case, where it was proved that the Pirate Bay made nowhere near that amount.

    You wanna try again, troll, Or have you fled the building already?
    Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

     

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    Karl (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 8:44am

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    And the statement made is that artists shouldn't be paid when they are not working.

    For the record: not everyone here agrees with that general sentiment. For example, I do not. I find the (minority) of posters who say stuff like "stop feeling entitled and get to work" to be pretty reprehensible.

    But I also know that the people who say this are not defending piracy. In fact, they are providing their own answer to the question you just asked.

    That answer is that you get paid for your labor. In other words, you get paid before you do this:

    I do do some work, and I record my album.

    The Kickstarter model is a great example of this, but there are tons of examples from the traditional music industry that also work. Work-for-hire musicians, "songwriting camps," etc.

    And, incidentally, nothing is stopping you from selling your music, even if it is pirated. Your music being available on The Pirate Bay won't prevent you from putting your music on iTunes or Amazon, it won't prevent you from selling CD's at shows or in stores, etc.

    Incidentally, this is the main difference between pirate sites and major labels. According to the RIAA, 90% of music does not recoup; and until you recoup, the recording artists earn nothing from record sales. So, in the end, neither one pays artists; both help artists only by providing promotion. But major labels prevent you from selling your own music; pirate sites don't.

    The people who get your music illicitly are the same people who are more likely to pay for music from legitimate sources. Every single independent study has shown that pirates spend more on music than non-pirates. There is no reason that someone who downloads your music will not pay you in some other way (merch, live, different music, etc), or even buy the same music through legitimate channels later.

    If they don't do it after they've downloaded your album, they wouldn't have done it if they couldn't download your album, either. One involves piracy, the other does not, but either way, you don't get paid.

    And either way, that's nobody's problem but yours.

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 8:51am

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    how about Paulo Cohelo the best selling author of all time.

    And he did it without being approved for the pirate bay promo

    he just pirated his own books on the pirate bay and shared it openly with his fans.

    Want to name ONE artist who has gotten access to the record companies promo capacity without signing over their copyright to the privilege.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 9:25am

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    just support the music you like by paying the artist directly for the record.

    One thing to mention: For most people, this is literally impossible. They can't pay the artist directly for the record, they're forced to pay the record label. And, as I'm sure you know, record labels are about as trustworthy as Exxon Mobil in the public's eyes.

     

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    nasch (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 9:39am

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    Personally, I voted this one funny.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 10:17am

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    We don't need to invent new cool ways. We make things, just like other people.
    We make songs, we make records.
    If you like the record you buy it. It's too easy for all concerned.


    Yes, that would be nice: the point is that the market is telling you that it doesn't want to buy the record any more.

    At one point, people bought horse carriages too. Then the market changed. You can complain about it all you want... or you can adapt.

    What you think? You like a record you download it without paying and maybe buy a t-shirt, or I take you out for dinner next time I'm in town?
    Too complicated.


    Yeah, just keep making horse carriages. Making cars is way too complicated.

    That's the point. You keep arguing that you want to keep a world that doesn't exist any more. I don't know what to tell you. I agree, it would be nice for you if you could go back to that world. But you can't. So what's a better plan? Bitch about it? Or learn to adapt?

    On top of that, this new world is opening up all sorts of opportunities for other artists, and creating a world where middle class artists can make a living. That seems like a good thing..

     

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    fairusefriendly (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 10:56am

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    well considering i was one of those people who downloaded the album for free.
    I wasn't a fan of radio head when i downloaded that album.

    I saw the news story about them on ET Canada thought it was a no risk option to just download the album.

    Which i did.

    I didn't like it so i deleted it.

    they did however mail me later on which introduced me a band that i did like (thru an affiliate link btw)

    I wasn't a fan before i downloaded

    and i wasn't a fan after i downloaded it.

    How many other people were exactly like me.

    BTW

    dan bull is the reverse i downloaded all his stuff from the pirate bay

    I happened to like the google+ version of sharing is caring

    so i bought that one.

    I am now a fan of his work, and a fan of his approach.

    If he does the multiple versions of the song thing again odds are good one of them will appeal to me.

     

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    Milton Freewater, May 3rd, 2012 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Question

    "We don't need to invent new cool ways. We make things, just like other people.
    We make songs, we make records.
    If you like the record you buy it. It's too easy for all concerned.
    What you think? You like a record you download it without paying and maybe buy a t-shirt, or I take you out for dinner next time I'm in town?
    Too complicated.
    just support the music you like by paying the artist directly for the record."

    I find this rhetoric from certain "musicians" infuriating, because it's a flat out lie and a scam.

    Music fans have NEVER "just paid the artist for the record." EVER. Movie fans did, yes, but music fans did not.

    Ask the Violent Femmes, who sold a few thousand copies of their first record in the early 1980s - kind of a bust. But it was dubbed and redubbed by teenage fans over and over again to the point that they developed a huge following. The Femmes' career was made by kids dubbing cassettes of that first record. This happened in the early 1980s. People didn't start doing this 12 years ago.

    I feel for El-P's post, but a hip hop artist knows better than to imply that fans not paying for hip hop music is "new" or even "troubling." Hip hop careers are made on mixtapes and bootlegs, and they always have been. You make the money after the free music becomes popular. His dad knew that and so does he.

    Consider the radio. Switching channels when a commercial comes on is geting music for free in every sense of the word. In the music industry, free is the norm.

    People only bought or buy records or CDs to control when they hear something and because of a record or CD's worth as a collectible commodity. MP3s are worthless as commodities but the control issue still sells digital copies. Piracy is and always will be a nonissue.

    That's a big difference between the music industry and Hollywood that isn't often commented on. The MPAA is in fact being forced into a sea change in how it obtains revenue, because the norm for 80 years was pay per view (movie tickets, rentals, etc.). I hate Chris Dodd but when the studios express fear, I feel them. The RIAA and this musician are NOT being forced into a sea change. They are trying to force US to make one by treating songs themselves as the commodity we morally "must" purchase. No sale.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:17pm

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    Wow, I attracted the attention of the mighty MM. I've made a living for many years as a writer, thanks for bringing it up. I don't sell my ability to write, I contractually assign a % of my publishing for an advance + royalties. I know exactly how I get paid when my songs are licensed legally--the ? was how someone who's not a performing artist survives in 'give it away and pray' world. If you have any curiosity as to how the songwriting/publishing world really works, I'll be glad to give you a tutorial. Say the word and I'll get you my contact info. One caveat, you'll need an open mind. Up for it?

     

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    Robert (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:39pm

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    AC - problem #1, "give it away and pray" is not promoted on this site. That's been stated by Mike many, many times. Simply use the search tool and look for "give it away and pray" and you'll see the authors say that is NOT how to do things.

    It is also the conveniently common assumption/interpretation of ideas presented here and on other sites. That is, ideas that don't involve the previous status quo method of paying artists.

    You too would need an open mind, one far beyond what has been demonstrated in this very long thread thus far.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 4:58pm

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    "paying artists"---If you read my thread, then you know I've repeatedly stated that I am not an artist--I'm, a songwriter. I have yet to see a means for me to monetize p2p. I'm attempting to explain how the music biz actually works from the inside and, no surprise, no one here seems to want to hear it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 5:12pm

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    "That is, ideas that don't involve the previous status quo method of paying artists." Back to my 1st post. As long as 10 of the top 10 p2p'd songs are, as I pointed out, from the majors or their subsidiaries, the status quo is still the status quo, except, apparently, when it comes to me getting paid. Sorry, I guess my minds not open enough.

     

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    Robert (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 6:33pm

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    You write songs, that is, create music, but you're not an artist?

    You're not a performance artist, I get that, but you ARE a songwriter and therefore an artist.

    What people are trying to make you aware of is P2P does not need to be monetized for you to earn income.

    It appears easier for you to assume that we simply do not understand "how it works" when we've pointed to articles already (not myself specifically, but this site has them) that explain how the older models work.

    I guess it makes it easier for you to say "you just don't understand" rather than "I don't accept your proposals" as a means to go forward.

    The choice is yours: sit and complain and say we don't get it, or move forward and try different things you have never done before, which is what we've been trying to explain.

    Others are doing it, songwriters included, and they are making a living. Sure, you can pull the obscurity means they are not making a living argument, but it's wrong. Just because you have not heard of them, does not mean they are not making a living, even as non-performaing songwriters.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 3rd, 2012 @ 6:58pm

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    I'll keep re-posting my first stat. 10 our of 10 songs on the p2p chart from yesterday were from the majors or their 'indies' When even 1/2 are from the true DIY'ers that everyone here crows about, I'll concede it's a brave new world. For now it's the same old model creating the brand new stuff that the overwhelming majority of people want. Just did a quick search for most p2p'd movies of 2011. What'd'ya know? 10 of 10 are from the major studios or their 'indies.' And I need a new model. OK then.

     

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    Robert (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:10pm

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    Are the majors making money or the performance artists making money off of P2P? Very little.

    Did you negotiate P2P licensing with performers who earn royalties for P2P?

    Nope, they are not raking in the cash thanks to P2P itself either.

    So no, you don't need to monetize P2P.

    Wilco is doing just fine. Take a few minutes to search on this site for bands, case studies, songwriters who are adapting and finding ways to earn a decent living without monetizing P2P.

    For some reason you think that because files are shared they would undoubtedly be purchased in the same numbers if those pesky P2P sites/networks were taken away. Not going to happen. People won't flock to purchase music in the same numbers because before the internet they didn't do that, and now there are many other things to spend their money on.

    So really, it does not matter who the popular songs are when no one earns a penny based on that.

    The flaw in the royalty system that you're stuck with, ASCAP and SOCAN is they estimate, they don't do aggregate data collection and honest value transfer. They just say "oh this is popular, give them the majority of our royalties collected, regardless of the true standings."

    So yes you DO need a new model and a new way of looking at things. If you try to monetize a P2P network, you're going to take money from those who shared their stuff and who would rightly deserve fractions of a penny for every transfer.

    It will be distributed just like ASCAP/SOCAN, some guess calculation and thus an unfair distribution of funds. So that does not work either!

    What have you tried that's different from the days where licensing was the ONLY option because of the stranglehold on distribution of content?

     

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    Robert (profile), May 3rd, 2012 @ 7:18pm

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    Additionally, if you read around on this site for ways to make money and compete with free, you'll see none of them involve counting on P2P to be monetized.

    Yup, Wilco may not be in the top 10, nor Amanda Plumber, but they still earn a decent living!

    So if your objective is to be completely loaded, then you'll have to write and sell your songs while retaining all rights and try connecting with your fans.

    Or you can just continue to argue and hide behind the "you don't get it" mentality that keeps you stuck in the past.

    You know what happens to those who refuse to adapt? They go the way of Eatons. No adapt, no exist.

    And if you reply "how?" then you haven't been reading, which is understandable, you've been biased into believing no one understand your situation but you so no one can help you. But you want help, but you refuse to accept that it might involve change, change in your thinking.

    Put it this way, you're not going to put things back to how they were, so it is you who has to adapt. Sorry.

    If I get material I am happy with ready, and I get my voice up, I will gladly release it and use every possible idea presented here to earn money from it. Then I can get better equipment and sound better and spend more time writing than working.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 4th, 2012 @ 2:43am

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    Wow, I attracted the attention of the mighty MM. I've made a living for many years as a writer, thanks for bringing it up. I don't sell my ability to write, I contractually assign a % of my publishing for an advance + royalties. I know exactly how I get paid when my songs are licensed legally--the ? was how someone who's not a performing artist survives in 'give it away and pray' world. If you have any curiosity as to how the songwriting/publishing world really works, I'll be glad to give you a tutorial. Say the word and I'll get you my contact info. One caveat, you'll need an open mind. Up for it?

    Sure thing. For what it's worth, I've said repeatedly that "give it away and pray" is a bad business model. I've worked with a bunch of songwriters to try to think up better biz models, but am always happy to learn from more people. And I talk to lots of folks in the industry all the time with an open mind, so am happy to hear what you have to say.

    Hit me up via the "contact us" link on the site and I'll get back to you. Or you can try to email me. My email address is at the end of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pubVZSbaz0 The problem with that is straight up emails sometimes get lost in the shuffle. If it comes in via the official contact us link, then even if I miss it, someone else here can bug me to respond.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Question

    mike is you think "I've said repeatedly that "give it away and pray" is a bad business model." why do you support the pirate bay ripping off artists? Why not come to the light and and just say on record, you don't support the illegal exploitation of artists rights?

    there's no question at all about what the pirate bay does.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8003799.stm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 12:34pm

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    touring and t-shirts is an ADMISSION OF FAILURE TO INNOVATE by the Tech Community sending artists BACKWARDS half a century. There's nothing "innovative" about illegally exploiting artists for commercial gain, except now the it's the tech companies doing it WORSE than labels ever did.

    Why do you guys support the pirate bay ripping off artists and making 100% of the artists money, while paying the artists 0% of the money?

    why do you guys hate artists so much?

     

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    Robert (profile), May 4th, 2012 @ 12:37pm

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    So, it is finally clear, you really are just being argumentative for the sake of it. Gotcha.

    No one needs to reply to you anymore.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Funny how unhinged you guys get? just answer the question, why do you support the pirate bay ripping off musicians for profit?

    even google's own chief economist hal a varian thinks you guys and john perry barlow are full of BS...

    http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/effs-john-perry-barlow-is-wrong/

    welcome to the exploitation economy, tech is ripping off artists WORSE than any label ever did... how is that progress? you are sending artists BACKWARDS 50 years... T-shirt and Touring is an ADMISSION OF FAILURE TO INNOVATE by the tech community that is no sustainable revenue for artists online.

    illegally exploiting artists is an OLD MODEL indeed... digital dinosaurs carry on...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

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    I just like to watch making you respond to the same comment over and over again, and when you get really frustrated, you just resort to censorship, how very SOPA of you, not hypocritical at all... LOL...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    spotify pays less with or without record labels.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 1:35pm

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    "It's not censorship, as your comment is still available, just click to show the comment. "

    if it's not censorship why hide it in the first place? it's not very OPEN of you...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 4th, 2012 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Question

    "So, it is finally clear, you really are just being argumentative for the sake of it. Gotcha.

    No one needs to reply to you anymore."

    not at all, you guys are just incapable of stating why you support tech companies like the pirate bay ripping off artists WORSE than record labels?

    I guess you could argue that your innovation has been how to screw artists worse than ever before in history, nice job.

    So it appears you are the one's who just can't give a response to a simple question.

     

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    Karl (profile), May 4th, 2012 @ 7:35pm

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    you really are just being argumentative for the sake of it.

    Actually, if the link he posted below is any indication, he's being argumentative because he's a complete loon.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 5th, 2012 @ 12:01am

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    "incapable of stating why you support tech companies like the pirate bay ripping off artists WORSE than record labels?"

    Perhaps because nobody's doing such a thing? Why do you have to lie about the positions of others simply to have an argument?

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 5th, 2012 @ 12:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Once again: citation needed. A citation that compares apples to apples, not comparing it to something completely different such as purchased music.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 1:01am

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    Lots of things are kept under lock and key for privacy. Is everyone guilty of censorship?

    For that matter, what's your name? What's your artist name? What skin do you have in this discussion? Why are you refusing to tell us any of this? [sic]it's not very OPEN of you...

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), May 5th, 2012 @ 1:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Funny how unhinged you guys get? just answer the question, why do you support the pirate bay ripping off musicians for profit?

    Funny how you ignore that multiple people answered the question by explaining to you why it's a "and when did you stop beating your wife" type question.

    The fact that you've failed to respond to any of the multiple people who have pointed this out shows that you're not here to engage in any sort of real debate.

    At least we know that you haven't stopped beating your wife.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 2:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Question

    This has been done multiple times over the course of this thread. You fail at reading comprehension, and knowing when to give it up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 2:17pm

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    No need to campaing against CISPA :) White House is vetoing it despite all the changes to try to make it pass.

    Lobbyist 0 x 2 Interwebz

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: honesty

    I prefer to not translate it and laught at your ignorant ass being incapable of understanding basic writing while spewing out crap on the internet making fools of you and your corporate overlords.

     

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    JP, May 5th, 2012 @ 2:27pm

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    I just like the pink text.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 2:31pm

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    So they can exploit your name and make money out of your corpse after you died?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 3:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: You Will Be Fine

    Funny, because the source code and the API for Android are there free and open. Your point?

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), May 5th, 2012 @ 6:35pm

    Repeat after me:

    I will not feed the troll! I will not feed the troll!
    I will not feed the troll!
    I will NOT feed the troll!

    =P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 5th, 2012 @ 11:59pm

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    Spotify is actually launching an internet radio service

    So it's radio, but it's not replacing radio, even though it's radio. Your call to educate ones self seems misguided.

     

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    Steven Qualls, May 7th, 2012 @ 3:35pm

    Meowing Cat

    He should release a video of his cat that will not stop meowing. I could relate to this, and then could relate to him as an artist even more. That is what we the public want, to make a connection with our artists.

     

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