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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Veteran Rocker Discusses File-Sharing Phenomenon

Veteran Rocker Discusses File-Sharing Phenomenon

Veteran Rocker Discusses File-Sharing Phenomenon

Added: Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
David Lowery, the founder of the Camper van Beethoven band 30 years ago and co-founder of the Cracker in 1990, had replied on file-sharing in response to Emily White’s post. The latter argued in her essay that the 90’s generation is only looking forward to downloading and streaming music for free, while having no consideration into paying for the work of the performers.


Emily White admitted that she had only purchased 15 CDs in her lifetime, while her entire iTunes library exceeded 11,000 songs. However, she didn’t illegally download most of those songs. Although some of them, admittedly, were from a stint in the 5th grade with the file-sharing client Kazaa, the rest came from her family and friends, with whom she had swapped hundreds of mix CDs.

After having read her essay, David Lowery felt the impulse to respond. He told her that she seemed to have internalized that ripping 11,000 tracks in her iPod compared to her purchase of 15 CDs in her lifetime felt very disproportionate. According to Lowery, she also seemed to recognize that she wasn’t only ripping off the record labels, but directly ripping off the musicians whose music she didn’t buy but took for granted.

It didn’t even matter that White hadn’t taken those tracks from a file-sharing website. This might seem like a neat dodge, but Lowery would suggest to her that from the musician’s point of view, it’s quite irrelevant.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the median wage of the artist is $22.39 an hour, which totals to $43.000 on a full-time job. Nevertheless, there are too many factors which influence the income of a musician, particularly in that area. David insists that the typical musician signed up with a record label can earn about $35.000 annually in the United States.

When talking about legal services like Amazon, Spotify, or iTunes, an experimental band from Toulouse, called Uniform Motion, made its homework and discovered that Spotify would pay the band with 0.0038 cents per each song played. At the same time, iTunes and Amazon transfer them 30% of the sales, minus an annual fee.

David Lowery also said that they had been discussing putting together a kind of a guide to which technology and Internet companies were ethical towards musicians, and if they weren’t, explain how they unfairly exploit the content creators.

June 30th,2012

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Date:  Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2012-07-01 18:25:15)
No avatarThe ethics are these, 95% of a band's or musician's earnings come from doing live gigs, just five per cent from CDs. So bluntly Lowery either hasn't a clue or he is just brain-washed by his recording company or he is afraid to speak out in case his record company ditch him!!!! (Guess which one is most likely!!!!)

So why do CDs and DVDs cost so much - because the signed up for records say so and make us pay as much as they can thieve from our pockets.

People downloading P2P music are not ripping off anyone. If they like it they can then buy a better quality original CD if they wish. I'm getting really fed up with paying for music online and only getting very poor 128K copies when I have paid as much as buying the CDs. So online music is often a very poor deal to buy.

And why should I pay for 128K music online if I can download a 192K, 256K or a lossless 320K copy for free?!

The other point Lowery misses out on completely, is that there an awful lot of unsigned bands (some better than signed - up bands!!!) out there who get free exposure of their music via eg ThePirateBay . se . . kat . ph and the other big file sharing sites.

We all know why the Feds took out MegaUpload - because the vastly over-rich record companies told them to. MegaUpload were setting up a business model to cut out all the middlemen like Sony and other record companies etc completely!!!!!!

posted by (2012-07-02 04:00:40)
No avatarSorry chazzo125 you're missing his point. Imagine at your job, if you have one. Senior executives and owners collect most of the money, set the prices yet it's your hard work that produces the product or services they're selling. You're customers like what you do and are willing to by your product and service, therefore you have a job. Right now you may get paid hourly, or annually but you get paid. Now imagine your employer tells you you're only going to get paid a percentage of the actual product or service, that you help make, the company sells. So now you have to do a better job to make it more attractive and sell more, but now only 1 out of 100 actually pay because they're mad at the company, and the executives, and the owners. It has nothing to do with you. So the executives raise the prices to keep their salaries in line, meanwhile you continue to get less and less. Is this a career path you'd be willing to accept??
By the way bands make the money from touring because they no longer make money from selling product. If you create something, a product or a service you're entitled to be compensated. Taking advantage of this is stealing and immoral.
Now I don't agree with the extents that entertainment companies expect to be compensated ie. i pay for a song once I should be able to use it across multiple platforms for life. I can't give it to someone else, but i shouldn't be told how i can use it for my personal use. There's a big difference between stealing and arguing fair use.

posted by (2012-07-02 15:41:00)
No avatarthe hole point of this is to let the artist know and understand that if they want and expect to be paid what they are worth then they have to eliminate the big record labels. just like with any other big corp, the corp makes almost ALL the profit. you want more for you hard work go in to the business for your self and compete with the big labels. a lot are doing this and the big labels are getting pissed that they are not making anything off them, and this is just one of the reasons y they are throwing a tantrum over file sharing. not because the artist is not making money but because they are not.

@dekeorama: that's y big business fail. they get to big and cut corners to keep a-float and end up right back were they started, or they get so big that they just fall. and yes some times this takes years and some times it happens fast.

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