Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


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

Companies:
muxtape, riaa



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.

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    PaulT (profile), 19 Aug 2008 @ 8:41am

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    Now, no offence, but there's a huge pile of bullshit. Most bands get paid more money through live shows than through album sales- that's an extremely well-known fact. Live shows are growing - it's only the recorded music industry that's having problems right now.

    If a band is dependent on their label for gas and bills, like you suggest, they're idiots as that means they sold off the rights to both live and recorded music as well as merchandising to their label and are getting nothing in return. Bands with more than one brain cell will make money off one or the other, if not both.

    You seem to have had bad experiences with live touring, but do you ever stop to think that has more to do with how well-known, or even how good your band was? Many musicians seem to think they'll make money regardless of the above criteria, but that's simply not true. A label is not required to make lots of money from touring, but you can't just expect to show up at a venue and have people pay to see you if they don't know who you are. That's where non-label promotion comes in, and there's a thousand ways to do that.

    Also, many bands make money not from the venue/booking itself but from merchandise, e.g. CDs and T-shirts sold at the gig. If people weren't buying these from you, maybe there was a reason?

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