For every site they take down, more will pop up in its place. Instead of solving the problem, they are making it worse for them.
Killing off Megaupload will only fracture the users into seeking alternative means of doing what they're doing already. Megaupload provided a perfect "You can't beat em, so join em" system where artists could rake in cash while not having to worry about people getting their tunes for free (which is going to happen regardless of whatever checks and balances are put in place by the industry).
Now instead of the artists getting paid, they're pissed and the content is still getting out for free... What have they solved? People earning money on their creations. That's all they've managed to stop.
Keep chopping those heads, RIAA & Company, it's clearly working...
This is why I love Louis CK. He's just a genuine guy who seems to care about his fans. Even dealing with Hecklers he's extraordinarily human in a day and age where being shitty to other people is the way things are done.
I will definitely be buying this once the financial black hole of christmas has passed.
I was watching the olympics the other day as I am a UVEX enthusiast and I noticed that Lindsay Vonn was wearing UVEX goggles.
"Hot damn!" I thought to myself "Lindsay Vonn wearing UVEX goggles?"
Well, when I saw Lindsay Vonn wearing UVEX goggles, it was pretty great, but when Lindsay Vonn won a gold medal and she lifted her UVEX goggles to cheer to the crowd, I was ecstatic.
I think we can all agree that seeing UVEX goggles on an Olympian is surely wonderful, but seeing them on a Gold Medal winner, especially Lindsay Vonn, that was wonderful.
I think UVEX goggles on Gold Medal Winner Lindsay Vonn are probably the best use of UVEX goggles, and probably afforded Lindsay Vonn some spectacular views of the Olympic park when she won her Gold Medal.
I get royalties from SOCAN (not much, but enough, from CD sales with a couple of songs I co-wrote).
I have this sinking suspicion that being a member of SOCAN is more of a detriment than a benefit. They are just another industry landmine, waiting to maim innocent bystanders or kill the careers of burgeoning artists.
SOCAN is a dinosaur and has no understanding of what musicians need or want. Every year they get worse and worse and I see less and less. This is just another example of SOCAN trying to squeeze every cent from those that don't deserve the squeeze ("deserve", is a poor word, but it's the best I can come up with). They are nothing more than shills for the corporations that leave us struggling artists holding the bag.
I am pulling my membership from SOCAN for 2010. I don't need them and I don't want to be a part of the cancer they represent.
I think the idea of value attached to music in any way is ludicrous. The intrinsic element of music is the idea that it is a form of shared communication. Music is another form of language that speaks in notes rather than letters. Saying music has value just because it exists for us to hear would be like stupidly trying to apply a price tag to the English language and expecting anyone to pay whenever someone says the words "That's Hawt" (I know, I know).
It's not so much the music that has value but the message contained. Just like I can add value to my language by turning the words I use into a book, I can add value to music by collecting the musical ideas into a song. Now if I were to just speak the words in a book to anyone out in the world, the value wouldn't be apparent, but the moment I take the effort to collect those words into a book, an element of value is added.
This applies to music more-so. The moment that a songwriter sits down and collects musical ideas into a song, they are changing that language into a collection of ideas, much like pages in a book. A whole album is just one giant, multi-chaptered book.
With that in mind, would I pay for a book that was just a bunch of printed sheets from some guy's computer? No. Just like I won't pay for a recording of some guy's song he did in garage band. You need the RtB factor. A book that is packaged nicely will be purchased far more readily than a book without any flourish. Would you pay for a signed, hand leather-bound copy of a book from your favorite author? Sure you would. Would pay for him just xeroxing a bunch of paper and mailing it to you in a baggy? Maybe if you're a super-fan but that's not going to get new buyers.
This is why musicians need to realize they are just using another language and that, as a language, music doesn't have an inherent value. I find that if you think of an album as a book it suddenly becomes more challenging to add value to something you thought was valuable the moment it was recorded. The industry has ingrained this sense of entitlement into musicians that expect anything they record to have value and that they should be paid for it handsomely and without recourse.
Music never had value, it was the packaging that has always given it value. From Mozart's performances to the Compact Disc, the music packaging itself was the RtB until it no longer suited society.
This publishing company has always had a good handle of where the trends and markets are heading, so it's not surprising to see them going ahead without DRM.
Perhaps the reporter thinks it's troubling because it's not what everyone else is doing. There never really used to be a romance novel market before Harlequin. Would this reporter have considered it troubling that some company was publishing "racy" content back when Harlequin first appeared?
The murderers Wolfgang Werle and Manfred Lauber who murdered Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayr want the entry for Wolfgang Werle and Manfred Lauber to be removed from Wikipedia, despite conviction in public court regarding Wolfang Werle and Manfred Lauber's conviction for murder in the murder case of Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayer?
I think I hear Ms Streisand calling the convicted murderers Wolfgang Werle and Manfred Lauber, unfortunately she does not speak their language. I'm sure Walter Sedlmayer wouldn't appreicate Wolfgang Werle or Manfred Lauber trying to deny that they killed Walter Sedlmayer, if Walter Sedlmayer referred to himself in the third person, that is.
I'm glad that Techdirt has informed me of the convicted murderers Wolfgang Werle and Manfred Lauber having a Wikipedia page regarding them and their conviction for the murder of Walter Sedlmayer. Thank you Techdirt.
What I hate is that I get this in Canada as well. I want to watch an episode of South Park but I can't because I'm on a vpn. I used to watch Hulu at work as I worked for a company based in the US and had a proxy into the US. When I came home to watch it I found out that I had committed an unforgivable sin (insert eye roll) and watched it from outside the US.
It makes downloading the videos more and more reasonable every time a restriction is put in place. All the excuses in the world can be made, but I can get the same shows for free over the air from US signals on my TV... are they going to jam those signals now too, just because I might watch some broadcast TV?
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