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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    PaulT (profile), 19 Aug 2008 @ 3:59pm

    Re: eh, sort of.

    I'd actually argue that's the point of what we're trying to argue. Artists with no discernible talent other than the ability to dance and sing to pre-vetted commercial tracks have no place in "real" music. That's the stuff that the RIAA tries to sell because it can be packaged as a formula and targetted at the lowest common denominator.

    However, once mixtapes, universal free promotion and the like takes over, the untalented are competing directly against the talented. It's no longer about which glorified karaoke singer gets the spotlight but about whose songs are the best, who the best singer/musicians are. This scares the RIAA because they cannot control this directly. They're back to how they were in the 60s, rejecting The Beatles because they don't see which way the market's going and searching for new talent instead of manufacturing it.

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