Recording Industry Insiders Complain About Musicians Who Argue Against Kicking People Off The Internet
from the how-dare-they-speak-their-minds dept
Well, well. Last week, we noted that a large number of well known musicians had come out against the idea of kicking accused file sharers off the internet, noting that it would only escalate the problem rather than solve it. But, of course, the industry organizations who claim to represent musicians’ best interests can’t have that, so this week they’re on the attack. The head of a royalty collection society apparently called the statement from musicians “grossly naive and desperately damaging.” Yes, but damaging to whom? Perhaps to collections societies, but not to artists. Smart artists know that going to war with fans is never a smart move. But the collection society head went on:
“This is more than unhelpful. It’s destructive, I wish I could understand the hostility. But if between us all we don’t screw it up, within 12 months we could have some legislation in place. I am quietly confident.”
You wish you could understand the hostility? There was no hostility from the artists. The only hostility has come from an industry hellbent on protecting an old and obsolete business model by kicking people offline for sharing the music they love. These artists were coming out against hostility. They were coming out against this war mentality where it’s the industry against the consumer.
Meanwhile, another group, the Musicians Union has come out and called the statement from the musicians last week “a bit blinkered” and “counterproductive” and then said:
“I am disappointed they went maverick without looking at the bigger picture. Our position is somebody should be paid for their creation.”
Actually, they are looking at the bigger picture, and recognize that kicking people off the internet doesn’t have anything to do with getting paid. You get paid by providing something that people want to buy. Kicking people off the internet doesn’t make anyone want to pay you. It actually does the opposite. No one is saying artists shouldn’t get paid for their creation — least of all the musicians who spoke out last week. What they’re saying is that kicking people off the internet doesn’t help anyone get paid.
Honestly, does anyone actually think that kicking people off of the internet is a good business model?