Blame Game Continues: Now It's Online Streaming That's Killing Music
from the oh-come-on dept
So here we have Business Week -- usually less susceptible to these sorts of claims -- repeating totally unsubstantiated arguments from music industry insiders that it's now legal online streaming services that are killing the music business. The fact that most of these services are really little different than traditional radio (which helped build up the massive recorded music industry) seems to zip right by without mention.
The problem is that the author of the article, and most of those quoted in the article, incorrectly seem to think that the only way the music industry makes money is in the direct sale of music. Thus, the fact that people listen to streams for free (or small royalties) is somehow seen as "bad." The fact that radio works on basically the same principle isn't even touched. The fact that there are tons of other ways for musicians to make money -- and for many of them it helps to have more people listening to their music via these services isn't even the same area code as the article.
Instead, the entire article seems to be based on a complaint from the guy who heads the National Music Publishers' Association , whose business has always been predicated on the house of cards of music licensing. Every time a new technology comes along, the publishers demand a new level of licensing. Right now they're pushing hard for yet another duct tape solution: adding another license for such online streaming services, and Business Week played right into their hands with a non-critical piece describing the "issue" in the exact terms they want people to be thinking about.