A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing
Subject:   Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves
Date:   2003-07-04 05:23:31
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves

Quote: Speaking of Metalica, you do know they have had a change of heart and are now embracing the P2P??

This is heartening news to my ears.
I have just been reading that artists can expect to get 10-25% cut of the price of their CDs -once they manage to sell about a million!
I think if they let their work propogate on P2P and publicise on the Internet. They could sell CDs online without the need for Agents, Contracts and Start Up Financing. The notion that fans will stop wanting to buy because they can burn scrappy CDs, I think is a lie to protect the earning potential of the big stars and agencies who dont want their dictated network to be eclipsed by this new technology.

Free Internet streaming would have benifited Artists and Listeners more than P2P if the RIAA hadnt legislated to Tax Streams into obscurity.

A simple solution exists for artists to help themselves in this new era, stop dealing with Agents and companies who will not accomodate and work with the soul of the Internet.

And for the agents, learn about Internet publicity and webhosting and Marketing.

Why on earth should musicians need officious contracts as a license to earn a living from being musicians? Bankers and Lawyers and Doctors etc, I understand need to sign oaths, But how does the world's Music benefit from meddling accountants?

How does stifling the music scene benefit those who want to work in it?

All this stuff harms Music, musicians should know that from the joy they get from their talent.
This accountancy harms every musician except the extremely rich ones because it is just a barrier to getting recognised as a desirable member of society for singing and playing in its own right.
Buskers and Cabaret artists, jammers and Gig bands all suffer for the sake of this corporate conspiracy.
The amounting money people have spare to spend on their musical passion has not been changed by P2P but the passion is increased and horizons widened massively.