[LINK] comprehensive debunking of music piracy

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Tue Mar 29 09:12:02 AEDT 2011

More details here:

> In other words, there's no evidence that new artists are no longer being developed or are creating high quality, successful music.  So, contrary to the theoretical claims, the evidence shows that more content is being created, despite greater infringement, and that there has been no noticeable decline in quality output or in the development of new artists. So why is it that the industry still makes such claims, and the press and politicians believe them? 
> Oh, there is one other interesting tidbit in the research: The only real noticeable difference that the research turned up between pre- and post-Napster music production... was that more of the successful new musicians are coming from independent labels, rather than the major labels. For the two decades prior to Napster, the percentage of successful indie artists remained constant, but it jumped post-Napster. That makes sense. The independent labels, for the most part, have been more willing to experiment and embrace new models, while the majors have fought them more. On top of that, artists no longer need to feel as obligated to go through one of the gatekeeper "major labels." 
> That certainly helps explain why the major labels like to perpetuate these kinds of myths... but not why anyone believes them.

On 2011/Mar/28, at 4:30 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> "Music piracy war: are the big labels wasting their time?"
> http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/music-piracy-war-are-the-big-labels-wasting-their-time-20110328-1ccrl.html
>  good article
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