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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Songwriters Accused P2P of Stealing File-Sharers Minds

Songwriters Accused P2P of Stealing File-Sharers Minds

Songwriters Accused P2P of Stealing File-Sharers Minds

Added: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The president of the Songwriters Guild of US has accused P2P networks of doing anything to justify their illicit behavior.


Rick Carnes, the president of the abovementioned guild, has recently produced an article titled “Has Stealing Music Stolen Your Mind?” There he claims that P2P networks are responsible for nearly all disasters in our world, many of them being myths. For example, he declared that artists are not getting paid, which is actually the truth, but it doesn’t depend on P2P. In fact, even if there’s no illegal file-sharing involved, in most cases the performer can earn only 2.5% from the total profits in music sales, providing that there are 4 bandmates splitting money equally. The rest of the proceeds go to distributors and the record labels, so this can be a very good hint whom to blame for artists not getting paid. The Canadian study even revealed that P2P increased legal content purchases.

Another thing he mentions is that music industry needs to establish a new business model, which is absolutely correct. However, the new model should not be focused on fighting P2P, but rather on finding other ways to attract consumers. The business model offered by Michael Masnick last year was quite easy but still highly efficient. It offers just connecting with fans and providing them with a reason to buy. What the model points out is that purchasing an album should be a voluntary transaction, so it’s wrong for the artists to believe that there exists a kind of obligation to buy. If the industry was doing this over the last decade instead of making lawsuits, it would avoid the targets’ refuse to pay for music just in disgust.

Somehow Rick Carnes came to complaining that stolen content promotes live shows. That is undoubtedly the truth, but there can’t be any way it could harm the artists. If the file-sharers visit live concerts, they pay the lion’s share of the entrance ticket directly to the performer, which can’t be considered a bad thing.

There were more interesting points for discussion in that article, but they all indicated the sad intention of the entertainment industry to push lawmakers to help them fix its broken business model instead of trying to figure out how it could adapt to the modern digital reality and compete.

In addition, it’s just ridiculous to blame only P2P for all that illegal staff hurting the performers. One should admit that free streaming is no less popular nowadays, and harms the industry as well.

August 2nd, 2010

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Date:  Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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posted by Blocked (2010-08-03 02:00:25)
menahunie avatarHere's a link to a very informative article - about RIAA screwing the "Artists":http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20080206/mechanical-royalties/

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!?? I Smell the Blood of a Musician.

by John Paczkowski
Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:14 AM PT

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!?? I Smell the Blood of a Musician.

by John Paczkowski
Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:14 AM PT

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riaa_fatcat.jpgThe Recording Industry Association of America demands damages of $150,000 per song for file-sharing infringements, yet it pays the artists who create those songs pennies for their work. And now it wants to pay them even less.

The RIAA and its online counterpart, the Digital Media Association, have petitioned the Copyright Royalty Board to slash the so-called mechanical royalties paid to musicians and music publishers for digital downloads, subscription music services and ringtones. Seems the RIAA and DiMA feel they’ve suffered unfairly during the transition to digital distribution and they’d like artists to share in their misery.

The National Music Publishers’ Association, noting the favorable economies of digital distribution, asks for a royalty of 15 cents per track for permanent digital downloads. The RIAA argues that a royalty of approximately 5 cents to 5.5 cents per track is more reasonable. The DiMA–which represents Apple, Amazon and RealNetworks, among others–suggests cutting that royalty further still.

Find that astonishing? Just wait; it gets worse. For streaming music services, the NMPA proposes a rate of the greater of 12.5% of revenue, 27.5% of content costs, or a micro-penny calculation based on usage. The RIAA finds 0.58% of revenue more reasonable. And the DiMA says there really shouldn’t be any royalty at all. “Fundamentally, this fragile marketplace is showing signs of promise, but it cannot be saddled with additional, excessive costs,” the DiMA argues. “The board should be careful not to impose a royalty that kills the proverbial goose and deprives songwriters and publishers of their golden egg.”

An interesting choice of metaphor and one in which the DiMA and RIAA might easily figure as the giant at the top of the beanstalk:

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!??
I smell the blood of a musician.
Be he ‘live, or be he dead,
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.”

Grind his bones to make my bread, indeed.

Said Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters Guild of America: “Our opponents have to recognize that this rate-setting is not a matter of gamesmanship for songwriters, but rather one of survival. As I stated in my testimony, in response to a question from those seeking to cut the mechanical royalty rate in half and to denigrate the importance and contribution of professional songwriters to the music industry, ‘Yes, songs are plentiful, just as rocks are plentiful. But if you want diamonds, you are going to have to pay the miners a living wage.’ ”

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