Pop Stars Learn To Live With Pirates
from the new-business-models dept
A very interesting article about how musicians in China deal with the rampant piracy found in the country. In this case, it’s not downloads, but people making copies of the CDs, of course. Some of the article has musicians whining about how they can’t life the life of rockstars (not much pity there…), but much of it talks about how they’re experimenting with different business models. The thing that I’ve found amusing about all the music industry arguments about “how will musicians get paid?” is that most musicians don’t get paid. Or, at least, not very much. Anyway, in China, touring and live performances are more important, but so are corporate sponsorships. There are some problems with this as well, but (unlike the music industry’s claims about what will happen around the world) music is still being made.