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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    RIAAHHSHUTUP, 19 Aug 2008 @ 10:59am

    eh, sort of.

    It's such a hard call. I mean, sure, for some, word of mouth IS good enough, and one can argue that if you're good enough, you can make a name for yourself without a mega corporation promoting you. And I do agree to a certain extent. I mean, if we didn't have these huge companies pouring millions into hype machines, we might not have some of the crappier fan crazes that we've had in our history. Still, it's not totally fair to say that one can't affect the other (record sales and concert sales)

    Even before record sales, you need radio play, some sort of pre-release exposure. Companies bail on artists all the time. Kelly Clarkson, as an example, was not fully backed on her most recent effort because she chose to go "her own way", and it wasn't pushed the way it could have been. However, that's probably not what caused a dip in sales, because she was in the public eye from day one. Chances are, her "own way" was just crap compared to previous releases, and her fans revolted.

    Maybe when all this stuff is sorted out, artists will stop blaming labels for crappy sales.

    That's the way of the machine...cookie cutter artists who get hollywood treatment promotions that manufacture sales. Maybe it's time we throw a wrench in the machine.

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