Music

Lily Allen has decided to voice her opinion on music piracy. Now does she not think there is something wrong with the following?

“You don’t start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your arse off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and as the artist, you have to pay for them. I’ve only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I’m lucky that I’ve been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone’s so lucky.”

Sounds like a pretty shit business model for the artist right from the start. She also says

“I want to get people working together to use new digital opportunities to encourage new artists.”

How many new artists embrace the new digital opportunities? I was looking at a few artists advertised for a gig in one of my local pubs and only one had a dedicated website. The rest all had myspace pages – which is fair enough but is really just the bare minimum of effort at being online. None offered the ability to download exclusive tracks. None had a t-shirt/mug buying page. None had a Paypal donate button or offered to send out signed CD copies.

Not saying any of those things would work out amazingly well but what harm in trying?

Anyway Lily followed up with another blog post which was equally pointless. Worse still was the contribution from chum Matt Bellamy from Muse who had this to say.

“The problem is that the ISPs making the extreme profits (due to millions of broadband subscriptions) are not being taxed by the copyright owners correctly and this is a legislation issue…… Someone who just checks email uses minimal bandwidth, but someone who downloads 1 gig per day uses way more, but at the moment they pay the same. It is clear which user is hitting the creative industries and it is clear which user is not, so for this reason, usage should also be priced accordingly. The end result will be a taxed, monitored ISP based on usage which will ensure both the freedom of the consumer and the rights of the artists.”

Hmmm, and for all uses of the legit content providers who use massive bandwith….?

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