3 thoughts on “Artists View Web as Opportunity Rather Than Threat – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. The point about artists owning the copyright is not qutie true. The record company owns the copyright & the artist only gets royalties from the revenue that their music brings in. This share of the spoils which they get is actually only a small part of the total sales figure.

    The biggest vested interests, who stand to lose the most from online sharing, are the record labels and the distributors who pocket a large amount of this cash.

    The record company claims that all this money is used to find & develop artists and pay for the records to get made in the 1st place. Think of all those advances bands get and how much of that is seen again, for example. Also think of bands who spend large sums of money creating an album that never gets enough of a return to justify the money spent on it.

    I’m not saying these claims are justified, I am just saying where the money goes, why they claim to need it and why what musicians say has no bearing on these claims. It has everything to do with protecting a revenue stream & a business model that we, the consumer, don’t seem to be very keen on financing anymore

  2. now, 60% is not half. and if a 60% majority feel that filesharing should be illegal, why do they feel that way?

    don’t get me wrong i agree with the premise, but the logic makes me confused.

  3. Cookieninja: I tried to use your e mail address to send this comment to you, but that failed. The guestbook link on your site resolves to a Disability Rights organization. I think you have some housekeeping to do…

    Anyway, here’s the reply I wanted you to read (& hope you’ll return here sometime to see it):

    Yes, I agree with what you say here. And you’re right to point out that weakness in my argument. But mainly I was trying to pt. out that if a significant percentage of artists & musicians are breaking ranks with record companies, that leaves the latter out in the cold & weakens their argument that by enforcing a rigid definition of copyright they’re looking out for the best interests of both musicians & the music itself. Sounds like we’re saying pretty similar things.

    And thanks for your intelligent take on this. In previous posts on this subject here, I’ve received so many knee jerk defenses of the music industry position that it makes my stomach turn.

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