In the world of marketing a product, there in fact is many choices at hand for those in the industry, trying to reach the maximum audience. For years now, the internet has been the greatest gateway for advertising and outreach, with many recording artists sticking their hands into the cesspool of the matrix, as a way to sell their arts. Although recently, some have been very successful using the internet and legal file sharing to profit from their works, there are others from within the industry, taking a stance against p2p and file sharing as a right.
Even though certain musicians and bands, have said themselves that greedy corporate record companies only leech the funds away from the artist who originated the materials, and proven to be successful in selling their product at a "negotiable" price online, some from within the recording industry, have sent some artists to speak out against it.
First was Radiohead, an international superstar band, who's innovative digital distribution arrangement for their album allowed users to choose what they wanted to pay for the album, even if nothing at all, and allowed their fans to download it via p2p. Doing this, not only did they gain respect from millions within the world of file sharing, but they also made enemies from within the industry.
The fact that the band let users set a price for the music also encourages the perception that the price of music should be up to the buyer. If both BitTorrent and Radiohead offer the album for the same price, fans might see little difference between the two sources. In fact, Radiohead's move might even make BitTorrent look increasingly legitimate as a forum for picking up new music. Thus, assessing this as a "piracy versus free" issue isn't exactly right; once some users got the message that it was "free," it didn't matter where they got the album.
Despite the P2P numbers, the Radiohead "experiment" should still be considered a resounding success, at least for Radiohead. Never before have they gotten so much concentrated free media and that resulted in a huge sales bump. Even if the band only earns $2.50 an album (less than half the $5-$8 they say they're averaging), the band will earn in excess of $3 million - far more than on a major label.
Some artists however tend to play the role of the pawn, coming out in favor of the industry, choosing to bash the ones who are implementing a "new standard" in digital distribution of legal entertainment. Lily Allen, the young and upcoming artist of only 24 years of age, has been speaking out against Radiohead and others, and in favor of the "hard" copies of media that have traditionally been sold in stores.
Regardless if she's ill-informed about the facts of the costs of production, the sky-high labor rates to distribute the hard goods, she still chooses to defend something so silly as selling original cd's and media in the stores. Maybe she has a microphone implanted in her ear, where the robot puppetmaster CEO's are speaking to her? Or maybe she has a point. Either way, the puppet speaks, whether through it's own mouth or as a mouthpiece for others.
Allen, was apparently outraged by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, 65, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, 41, and any other reputable artist, whom have opposed the UK government proposals to crack down on music piracy, or have publicly backed the online swapping of songs. Which, when sold without a registered vendor, will mean the artist receives a "smaller" cut. The singer belittled and attacked the pair, accusing them of trying to make it "harder for youthful talent to emerge", she said. She specifically mentioned Mason and O'Brien by name, but her online vocal spewing was also directed at many other artists such as Annie Lennox, Tom Jones, Sandy Shaw and Billy Bragg.
Allen apparently was upset about a newspaper article the older musicians had contributed to as members of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) in which they demanded the government allow illicit file-sharing to continue. The legendary musicians have promoted file-sharing after Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary (UK), proposed punishing people who file-shared repeatedly by temporarily disconnecting them from the internet as part of measures against music piracy. Soon after the powerful artists stood up for file sharing, Allen used her MySpace web page to launch an online hate spewing session.
"I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so," she said. "These guys from huge bands said file sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world. For new talent though, file sharing is a disaster as it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge." Allowing file sharing would, she said, so remove the desire for fresh talent to appear, and reduce the British music scene to "nothing but puppets paid for by Simon Cowell". She added: "Basically the FAC is saying 'We're alright, we've made it, so file sharing's fine,' which is just so unfair to new acts trying to make it in the industry. You don't start out in music with the Ferraris."
Simply astounding quotes, for such a young artist, whom has never been on her own label, nor has ever attempted any independent venture into the record industry. Hence, why I smell a puppet master somewhere in the background. Sadly, Miss Allen has chosen to speak her ranting on ill-informed measures, without further evaluating and realizing that the future is here, and stating why file sharing can save the industry, and help youthful talent get known, rather than be the reason for the destruction of the old guard of music technology.
The Radiohead guitarist, has stated at times, that file-sharing was "the contemporary equivalent of his generation's practice as teenagers of "taping your mate's music" and that by sampling tracks like that they were encouraged to go out and buy much more of what they liked." However right he may be, it seems those within the industry have declared war with him, and I'm more than sure he'll oblige to return fire.
The FAC's support for file-sharing is based on research which suggests the that people who do it will actually spend more on music than those who don't. "There is evidence that repeat file-sharers of music are also repeat purchasers of music, movies, documentaries etc," they said.
Sadly, even facts cannot be used in a battle against the ignorance of mainstream media and industry. They put out so much spin, illicit stories, and propaganda, that the truth is barely legible beneath the utter shit storm of lies. Even more sad, is the fact that many within the media, newspapers, local radio, television, magazines, print this propaganda from the industry, because their company has an investment (or investor) from within the industry, and what's bad for one, is bad for all.
As long as this kind of "controlled" media, industry, and corporate led warring continues, certain well civilized nations, west and east, will both continue to stay behind certain parts of the world. We continue to follow their tough handed legislation and outdated methods, while the rest of the modernizing world evolves around us, and assumes the leadership position in the technological front. It's been happening for ages, due to the same reasons, and apparently if everyone continues to print such rubbish as fact, it will continue perilously.
I only hope that those brave enough to speak out against the industry, continue to do so, representing the people's interests rather than the interest of a few behemoth corporations and their money hungry CEO's. I for one, stand on the front lines with them, preaching the gospel of the truth about file sharing, each and every day, informing others about the reality of the world we live in, and why the facts cannot be spun by this propaganda. I hope most of you, easily see through the industry's propaganda as well. Happy file sharing to all.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
|posted by (2009-09-22 22:36:35)|
|great article... Funk the industry... Long live ET!!!!!|
|Great article. TY OBS.|
|Long Live ET. Bittorrent IS IMMORTAL.|
|posted by (2009-09-23 10:43:20)|
|Cool Stick umn X X X|
|Great article Obs. This is what I have been saying.. lol. I as a musician will upload my material and spread it around as much as possible. We make money playing shows and entertaining, not selling records. You have to put that effort into it, don't sit back and hope the label will push your record while you sit at home "living it up!" Grab your instruments, get on a bus and make things happen! Back in the day there was word of mouth and that's it. Now there is word or mouth and file sharing. One guy gets a track in city "A" and tells his friends. You material gets passed around, downloaded, etc and all of a sudden you have fans in that area. Get over there and play a show! Money in the bank. How hard was that? Your material did all the work for you, you just seal the deal if you will. Does it mean your music has to be good, yes because there are thousands more bands that are sending there stuff to city "A" too looking for those same minds.|
|F@@@ all corporations and conglomerate run media monopolies of all forms of the entertainment industry!!! If you're an artist, say independent fight the power!!!|
|I've just tossed my Lili Allen cd in the garbage. I will never buy her stuff again|
|posted by (2009-09-25 10:42:26)|
|lots of luv ET|