Band Leaks Own Tracks To BitTorrent, Pretends To Be Pissed Off

from the not-quite-getting-it dept

Yes, part of the business model for using free music to your advantage is recognizing how that free music acts as a promotional good for you, but the band BuckCherry seems to have taken that a bit too far. It definitely seemed quite suspicious when the band, signed to a major label, put out a press release about how angry they were that their latest music was leaked online. So, the good folks over at TorrentFreak did a little investigating, and tracked down the fact that whoever leaked the album just so happened to use the same exact IP address as the band's manager. Oops.

So, let's try this again. Using free music as a promotional tool can work wonders, but part of that is in publicly embracing the fact that your fans want to share your music. Not creating mock outrage about it.

Filed Under: bittorrent, buckcherry, leaking, press releases

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Aug 2008 @ 7:02am

    Something to consider...

    It was stated that the band is under contract with a major label, and we all know that major record labels often refuse to let their signees distribute their music for free on file-sharing networks, even when they do so knowingly and willingly. It's possible that the mock anger at the music being shared via bittorrent was an attempt to secretly share the music to increase popularity while making the record label think they're still touting the corporate line.

    If that is the case, I certainly wouldn't blame them for it, although if I were them, I would be trying to figure out how to out from underneath such a stupid contract in the first place. If a label tells people that they can't share of copy music in any way, shape, or form, and also tells their artists that they can't willingly give their music away for free, then it's blindingly obvious that this is no longer about the artists or their music at all. Instead, it's all about filling their own pockets with cash.

    What I don't understand is that if all these major labels are so evil, why doesn't somebody who understands the value of free content and modern distribution methods start up a new label that actively promotes those things instead of trying to shut them down? Such a label would no doubt become "major" in no time because tons of artists would leave their current labels and come running for a label that knows how to make money while not treating all their customers like thieves. I would love to see somebody step up to the plate on this. The labels and the RIAA will never change as long as there's no direct competition to their ancient business plans. Unfortunately, competition is required for innovation. A label that allows its artists to give away some of their music for free if they so choose would most certainly force the other labels to change their thinking, because there can't possibly be any law that could stop people from giving away their own stuff for free.

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