Metallica Sued Napster For This?

from the pound-foolish dept

David Levine has a post up looking at Metallica's revenue streams last year. Apparently, the band made the vast majority of its money from concert revenue -- bringing in $22.8 million. It made $1.6 million from album sales. As Levine notes:
Hmmm...think it would make a lot of difference to the world if they lost the $1.6 million from the albums? Without copyright they'd only make $22.8 million from touring...You might almost think it would be worth it to them to give the recorded music away for free to promote their concerts...
Or, hell, give away the tracks and promote other stuff as well. Selling music directly (relying on copyright) is a tiny business compared to the opportunities elsewhere. And, of all the bands out there, Metallica should clearly recognize that.

Filed Under: album sales, copyright, live, metallica, revenue


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Mar 2010 @ 8:23am

    Re: Re: Well...

    Entitlement blah blah blah... I want to make a living as an artist... blah blah blah...

    There's lots of stuff I like to do, but none of it is profitable, so I have a real job. Don't whine to me that what you really want to do might not keep food on your table.

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