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
    wheatus, 1 Mar 2010 @ 2:28pm

    I just cannot....

    ....Bring myself to be angry with Metallica for reasons that will indeed become clear to all upon listening to their version of Breadfan on vinyl at an ear splitting decibel level.

    Do I support their stance on Napster?... no but...I dare you to be mad at them after that breadfan shit rips your silly notions of metal, and music for that matter, to smithereens..

    bbb
    wheatus.com

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