And Another Useful Online Music Service Shut Down By The RIAA

from the one-by-one dept

Ever since it launched, people have waited for the RIAA or its member record labels to go after Muxtape. The site allowed individuals to upload MP3s that they had and create a streaming "mixtape" of music. It was actually a pretty cool way to hear new music from individuals you trusted -- just like sharing mixtapes back in the 80s. You might think that, perhaps, the recording industry would recognize how successful mixtapes were back then in promoting certain bands, and wouldn't freak out about an online version. But, of course, this is the RIAA we're talking about. While the details aren't clear, Muxtape has shut itself down, claiming that it needs to get some stuff sorted out with the RIAA. There is always the possibility that it's doing this to get extra attention, but if we take the company at its word, then it seems likely that the usual pattern is happening. An RIAA label is demanding some ridiculous license fee, and threatening to sue if it doesn't get it. If it's a label like Warner Music, it's probably also demanding equity in the company. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Muxtape ever comes back, and what the details of its "resurrection" will actually be.

Filed Under: copyright, mix tapes, riaa, streaming music
Companies: muxtape, riaa


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    Jim, 19 Aug 2008 @ 6:41am

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    Awesome. Stop buying their CD's is the answer. Go to their concerts. Then when the band you are "supporting" gets dropped by their label for poor album sales, and can no longer afford to fill their van/bus with gas because there is no tour support, have lots of fun trying to go see them. Some bands can and will pull off living on an independent label, and more power to them. I was in one myself, and its not fun coming home to several thousand dollars worth on bills, and having $500 in my pocket.

    While it is true, bands dont really see much money from the record sales, its all the other perks that come with being on a label that is the real bread and butter for bands. Labels will give bands money for gas, bills, merch whatever. When you take that away, it makes it much harder for any band to survive.

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