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.

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    Joe Perry (profile), 1 Mar 2010 @ 10:10pm

    Re: Re: Well...

    I'm getting tired of people posting about how the frequenters of techdirt advocate stealing. first of all, piracy isn't stealing, there is a difference between the crimes. second, I've never seen a post seriously advocating pirating here. we're not arguing that we should be allowed to take your music for free and you should find a new way to make money. we simply argue that many people are pirating and it's almost impossible to stop so a new business model is needed to succeed. saying pirating exists isn't the same as saying that pirating should be allowed.

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