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. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Mar 2010 @ 10:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Well...

    McBeese wrote:
    I don't care. You take something that you don't have a right to take, you're a thief in my books.

    Thankfully, not in the book of the law of the land.

    Amusingly, of course, in this very same thread, McBeese wrote:

    If you don't like the laws of this country, work to have them changed, go somewhere else, or shut up.

    Time for you to take your advice. Under the laws of this land, copyright infringement is not theft. So, time for you to work to have them changed, go somewhere else, or shut up.

    At least according to McBeese.

    So which one are you choosing, McBeese?

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