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Music man, play for me
UK music industry to sue online pirates.

I've seen ads lately that claim piracy is theft. It isn't thought. Theft does have a legal definition, and I believe that "intent to permanantly deprive" is amongst it. It's hard to assert an ownership of something which is trivial to duplicate and is broadcast.

I think that the record companies are still hiding from the real problem.
They are obselete.

The purpose of a recording company is to act as middle-men between artists and audiences. Record, distribute and support. They've taken great advantage of that role in the past, to the point of almost controlling the market. What they say is good, is the only thing that appears on shelves. If artists want to make the big time, they need to sign away their soul.

The problem is that they're not really needed any more. CDs are still popular, but with the prevalence of CD burners, it's far more cost effective to distribute electronically and create local copies. Marketing is still useful.

BUt with a minimal investment, any artist can create electronic copies of their music and with things like mperia can distribute their latest and greatest track without needing intervention from the heavyweights. It only takes a little to start writing this to CDs. Everyone can have to hand, their ideal complilation CD.

So the question is no longer one of production and supply, it's of a business model that has artists producing, and being compensated for their effort.
The problem is, that there's not a lot of room for corporate giants on that playing field...
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jambon_gris From: jambon_gris Date: October 7th, 2004 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Pandoras box is now open. The interent alows the free flow of information, music video etc are information. Unless something drastic happens there will be no way of preventing distribution of music legaly or otherwise via the internet. The latest peer-to-peer file shares are so distributed that there is no way of killing them by knocking out central nodes.
The upshot of that is that the big boys of this world to whom music = money and little else like for example metalica, EMI etc this is bad news. For small band and record labels (Death Boy, Chaos Engine, Wasp Factory records .... ) this is fantastic they can get there stuff out there without too much invesment. Incidentally smaller bands as I understand it make there money by touring not by shifting CDs anyway so a few MP3s released on say vitamin C and curculating arond on peer to peer are probaly good for busines anyway.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: October 7th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
i'mall for the swapping of tracks etc over groupsites cos its has be my experience that many people buy the album if they like the music cos they like and wat to support the band. I feelthat the internet will force bands and solo artists to actualyl produce good catchy stuff or fold up and go home. Cos theres nothing worse than buying an album and finding that 99% of the tracks are complete shite.

the land of the corporate musci magnate is dead long live the small bands and their downloadable tracks:):):)

jorune From: jorune Date: October 7th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Longhorn and the chip manufacturers will make downloading music progressively harder until the internet has been turned into a place safe for corporate interests.
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