Music Industry

by Mike Masnick


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obscurity, piracy



Which Would You Rather Have: 100,000 Unauthorized Downloads Of Your Music... Or None?

from the just-asking dept

As a bit of a follow up to our discussion of the Canadian band (who will remain nameless) that complained vociferously that its debut album had been shared on torrent sites over 100,000 times, despite no torrents of the band being findable through any of the normal means, an interesting point has been raised:

If you're a band, would you rather your album was shared 100,000 times via unauthorized means... or is widely ignored and not shared at all?

Which do you think is a better sign of a band in trouble?

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    Justin Olbrantz (Quantam), 6 Apr 2011 @ 1:08pm

    Re:

    Unfortunately, now they're getting attention (and their music is now being distributed on major file-sharing sites), which will likely mean people will listen to their music, of which some will become fans. In the end, they're extremely likely to come out ahead (at least relative to their prior situation), which isn't the outcome I'd prefer.

    Some have even suggested that this was all a show to get publicity. If so it's certainly clever, but they can still count me among their enemies.

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