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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    Nastybutler77 (profile), 3 Mar 2010 @ 1:46pm

    Re: INSANE

    Wow. Where to start with this bit of incoherent drivel. First off show me where there are "other people profiting from there music." Because no one profits from file sharing Metallica's music.

    Secondly, no one is debating where Metallica ranks against other musicians, so this whole section of your rant is extraneous.

    Thirdly, Metallica's stage show is huge because they charge more than most other bands with smaller stage setups, and still make a boatload off touring, so downloading hasn't hurt that one bit. What's your point in bringing this up?

    Fourthly, what's a "Butt stop?" And no one is complaining about them making money. Did you even RTFA? Are you a complete moron, or just a partial moron? Can you even put together one complete sentence with proper capitalization, spelling, grammer and punctuation?

    I suspect you are either very young or developmentally dissabled.

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