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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Mar 2010 @ 3:57pm

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    More guff about huge bands, who spent / are spending time on major labels. Completely irrelevent to the plight of smaller independent acts trying to push forward with the "new model". Can we have less of this and more about how small bands - without rich patrons - can secure finance without selling their souls?

    DP, when I write about small bands, I'm told "this will never work for big bands." When I write about big bands I'm told "I only care about small bands."

    We write about what we find interesting -- which is a mix of everything -- because I believe that's the best way to FULLY understand these issues.

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