Downloads… Or An Inability To Adjust To Changing Times… Force Musicians To Get Second Jobs
from the don't-blame-the-downloads dept
Julian Doherty writes in to point us to an article where the local Recording Industry Association chief in New Zealand is blaming unauthorized file sharing for the fact that a number of musicians he represents had to go out and find day jobs. It makes for a good story, but it’s sort of like blaming the automobile business for putting the makers of horse-drawn carriages out of business. The market has shifted and a lot of people clearly don’t want to consume music the way they used to. The answer isn’t (as the guy wants) more government protectionism to prop up a failing business model, but for the industry itself to adjust. There’s more music than ever before being created, thanks to tools that make it easier and cheaper than ever before to make, record, distribute and promote music. That’s why all sorts of services that support the music industry are booming. So, it’s not about needing special government protections to prop up an old business model, it’s about having musicians recognize and embrace some of the new business models that are showing up every day.