[LINK] Is copyright dead? [WAS: Special Report: The Future Of File Sharing]
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Sat Jun 6 11:16:28 EST 2009
At 12:56 05/06/2009, Kim Holburn wrote:
>The issue isn't about that. Musicians have always been paid for
>performing, or not. Many musicians are selling their music over the
>internet directly right now. So are many writers.
Yup, I have friends around the world who struggled for years to "get
signed" but have had little success.
In the last 5 years most have take them music online, some run around
making video clips too. Most ask for donations.
One of my friends in the USA has staggering donations via paypal. He
gets lots (in the thousands) of "10 cent" to $1 payments, but has had
$500 from a parent purchasing a copy of a song for their child and
one of $10,000 for "use at our wedding"
He's indicated although not "great income" it adds up to a good few
thousands a year for a totally word and mouth artist.
A friend of mine manages a few local bands. They were trying to sell
CDs with limited results. Lets say they worked out it cost more to
make the CD, take it to fairs, boot sales etc, and try and sell it,
than they made.
Putting their work on YouTube, with the band playing live and being
filmed at venues, has resulted in around $10,000 a year income over
that of the door of a live concert. They are now looking at doing
Internet Live Broadcast on Friday nights for people outside the "local" area.
One band has a "pay per download" per track site. They have
indicated tat even at 50 cents a track, the revenue is so low it's
costing more in site fees and "cart licence" than they made in the 6
months, whilst their sister band (mostly the same people and similar
music) has made about $15,000 from "donations" for Internet download
or requests for special mixes.
It is sure changing!
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