Having recently returned from Norway
, where I was impressed at the optimism and the willingness to embrace new technologies and services, it's disappointing to read the following story (found via brokep
) of a Norwegian band who recently released an album on their own label and decided to put it up on The Pirate Bay themselves, as more and more indie labels are doing. Except... the band members are a part of the Norwegian music collection society TONO, who is among those fighting to have The Pirate Bay blocked
in Norway. Since the band has allowed TONO to enforce its copyrights in performance situations, TONO is claiming that it can forbid members from putting their music on sites like The Pirate Bay
(translation from the original Norwegian
The management contract in TONO means that we can not allow the TONO-members post things on your own at some commercial sites.
Once again, examples of these performance rights groups working against the wishes of artists, rather than helping them out.