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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  1. identicon
    B, 19 Aug 2008 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re:

    A lot of "if then this then this" in that comment. I reject your idea that a band that's selling out concerts would get dropped by their label under pretty much any circumstance.

    They could change their business model over the whole thing. CDs don't carry a whole lot of value, since they're easy to copy... however concerts are a limited commodity. There's no rule that says the label can't take a cut of the concert profits instead of taking virtually ALL of the music "sale" profits.

    In fact, one might argue that such a situation would be BETTER for the music scene, as labels would be more encouraged to have their bands/acts play live shows and tours and score better venues.

    Anyways... if CDs were made illegal tomorrow and every one of them destroyed, the music industry would adjust. The recording industry would disappear overnight, but music would live on, i assure you.

    It did fine for centuries.

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