Lester Chambers, Screwed Over For Decades By The Recording Industry, Goes Direct Via Kickstarter
from the with-help-from-alexis-ohanian dept
Earlier this year, a picture posted online by musician Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers — a successful act from the 1960s — went viral, telling the story of how the recording industry never paid him money he was owed.
The music industry may have screwed Lester Chambers for decades, but we the internet public can right their wrong.
Thanks to the open internet (things we fought for against SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc.), sites like Kickstarter and other innovations that are being worked on by entrepreneurs right now, we have the opportunity to do right by artists and cut out those who’d mistreat them. We have the opportunity to create solutions that will support artists in the digital world.
In looking over this, I’m reminded that earlier this year, during a debate with Jonathan Taplin, Alexis similarly offered to help struggling career musicians launch Kickstarter campaigns, and was mocked for his offer. It raises questions, yet again, as to who is actually helping musicians out these days? The people whining about how copyright laws must be enforced… or the people actually setting up and creating new services to help musicians make money?