Neil Young: Piracy Is The New Radio (But The Quality Sucks)

from the well,-there's-that... dept

Neil Young apparently isn't too concerned about copyright infringement these days, according to his comments at the D: Dive into Media conference:
It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.
Of course, that's a bit of a reverse from back when he was angry that YouTube wasn't paying him money when people uploaded his songs. Still, it's good to see him come around to the view that infringement is, basically, a new form of radio. Artists like Chuck D have been making that argument for over a decade.

Young is still concerned... but about the fact that the quality of MP3 files sucks. He'd prefer technologies that provide a much fuller sound:
Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. [...] But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.

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    Karl (profile), 2 Feb 2012 @ 9:55pm

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    defund an entire industry so almost no new artist can break in to it or even pay for gas money

    This is nonsense for two reasons.

    First, major labels never helped new artists "break in to it." In order to get signed, you had to have already been successful, either on your own or (more likely) on an underground label. Either that, or your family was already working for a label, and you got signed due to nepotism (hello, Lily Allen!).

    Second, artists are making more money than they were twenty years ago. People are spending more money on music than they were in the 90's, and more of that money is going directly to artists themselves (B2B, merch, live, even digital sales).

    So, if you're an artist who isn't making money now, there's no way in hell you would have made any in the 90's, either.

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