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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    Trent Reznor... wanna be, 19 Aug 2008 @ 9:31am

    no major label needed..... just add value

    If more people were to follow Trent Reznor's model, I think it would make the music industry re-think things.
    For those of you who don't know his model, he gives away his music, free of charge on the Nine Inch Nail's website. So there is no fighting to get his music. Then he sells his CDs at a premium (in limited numbers, making them a collector's item) to the die hard fans, and the CDs usually come with some really cool stuff, autographs, etc. He also gives incentives to come to his concerts, not just an over priced ticket, but a kick ass show with all types of free stuff to take home (adding value to his ticket) my props to Trent, and hope others learn there are other models.

    Techdirt has had articles about this before, check em out.

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