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This Is How The Out Of Touch Music Business Innovates

The Music Business launches an Anti-Piracy App to educate young people on piracy while at the same time copyright infringement of music is declining each year due to decent legal options.

The game allows players to select an aspiring artist from a list of hopefuls, compose tracks from a roster of song-writers, producers and studio technicians and balance the books by keeping an eye on how radio play, streaming and piracy impact on profits. So maybe the game will show players how much an artist REALLY gets for a song.

However, if the recording industries want to be treated seriously, what about the income from live shows, merchandise deals, licensing, video games, YouTube, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Pledge and the many other ways an artist can make money these days.

Then you have Paul McGuiness who wants Google to do more to protect the old business models of the recording industry. This is what Paul McGuiness had to say;

What needs to be done is simple, take the sites down and keep them down. If the pirates can manage to replace their sites instantly with legions of bots, Google, with their brilliant algorithm engineers can counter it.

Umm, can someone tell Paul McGuiness that Google is only a search engine. It is not their job to police the internet for the entertainment industries.

We need the technology giants like Google to do the things that labels, the publishers, the artists, the writers repeatedly ask them to do. They need to show corporate and social responsibility. Take down the illegal sites, keep them down and clear the way for the legal digital distributers like iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, the new Jimmy Iovine Beats service, which promises to be a very serious competitor. Those services now exist, it is no longer acceptable to say that the music industry is not available, not making its wares available online.

People have been downloading since the Napster days. So it’s pretty clear to the recording industry people that their customers want to download an albums worth of music, they want to do it for free, they want it DRM free and they want to do it anonymously. So why isn’t the recording industry offering this service to their customers.

They claim illegal pirate sites make money from the advertisements. So why can’t the recording industry offer the same service, via the BitTorrent protocol and make money from the Advertisements.

We’re all aware in this room that subscription is now replacing downloading — legal or illegal — but we do need those mega corporations to make a genuine effort to cooperate and feed the industry that has been so good to them.

Corporations exists to offer a service to their customers. They do not exist to prop up dated business models based on high profit margin CD’s.

Finally you have a company called Rightscorp who is accumulating Copyrights

I’ve posted previously about the whole shambles around Copyright and how their extended copyright terms are purely there to protect the interest of the Corporations that have paid the creator a sum to control their copyright or the Corporations that have paid the record label (who is the current holder of the Copyright) to control the record label right. In the metal and rock sphere, two record labels come to mind, where I feel that their intentions are motivated by having a copyright monopoly on certain songs.

One is Frontiers and the other is Rock Candy. Frontiers are getting a lot of the Eighties greats to create forgeries of their hits, while Rock Candy is buying up albums from the Eighties and re-releasing them with expanded packaging, so that all these forgeries and new versions of the Eighties albums fall under a new copyright term.

While the two labels deal with music, Rightscorp Inc, is otherwise known as a COPYRIGHT TROLL. Rightscorp claims that they have a “patent pending digital loss prevention technology” that focuses on the infringement of digital content such as music, movies, software, and games and ensures that owners and creators are rightfully paid for their IP.

The Wall Street Journal article also mentions that the following;

Rightscorp implements existing laws to solve copyright infringements by collecting payments from illegal file sharing activities via notifications sent through Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The Company’s technology identifies copyright infringers, who are offered a reasonable settlement option when compared to the legal liability defined in the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA).

It is very interesting reading the above paragraph, especially when the Justice system in the U.S is waking up and realising that an IP address does not identify who the actual copyright infringer is.

While the music business innovates in their own litigious way, the so called “pirates” are innovating in a very different way by making it even easier for fans of music to download and even stream music.


2 thoughts on “This Is How The Out Of Touch Music Business Innovates

  1. Pingback: Entertainment Industries Innovation V2.0 | destroyerofharmony

  2. If you record a song you wrote and want to share it with the world on Frostwire, Vuze, BitTorrent or uTorrent that is a great thing. It is a fact that to “share” songs on the BitTorrent protocol written and recorded by other people without their permission is a violation of US Federal law. If you use Frostwire, Vuze, BitTorrent or uTorrent to leech, seed or download any song you do not have permission to use this way, you are breaking US Federal law, period. Google “17 USC 106.” That is the US Federal law that states that the copyright owner has the exclusive right to determine who may copy and distribute their copyright. This law protects you and your right to be paid if you write a book, write a movie screenplay, develop a software application or write a song. Violations of this law are not criminal, they are civil, which means the consequences for breaking this law are that the violator can be sued.

    If a business is giving access to people who use that access to break this law, that business is liable to be sued as well. All US ISPs like Qwest, Verizon and Time Warner have email addresses registered with the US government to receive notices from copyright owners when copyright owners have evidence that someone is seeding, leeching or “sharing” their copyrights. They have the email addresses set up because the ISPs shield from being sued for letting their users’ seed and leech copyrighted content is only available to them if they have implemented a policy for terminating subscribers who repeatedly seed and leech copyrighted content without permission. Google “17 USC 512 (i).” They forward notices because they are trying to help prevent people from being sued and because they don’t want Federal laws being broken on their networks. They also forward the notices because they don’t want to be forced to have to terminate service to their customers who won’t stop breaking the law. If they have knowledge of repeat infringers and do not terminate their service, the ISP can be sued. More than 200,000 people have been sued for seeding and leeching copyrighted content on BitTorrent since 2010.

    For example, no recording artist in the Billboard Hot 100 has ever given permission for their music to be seeded and leeched on BitTorrent. That is an easy way to know if you are breaking the law. There is a very, very, very short list of musicians who do not mind if their content is seeded and leeched on BitTorrent. Pretty Lights and DJ Shadow are two of the artists that do not mind and do not enforce. Otherwise, 99.99% of all music on BitTorrent is illegal and you can be sued for seeding and leeching 99.99% of the music on the BitTorrent protocol.

    You will see many blog posts and comments on this article encouraging you to continue breaking the law and seeding and leeching copyrighted works without the owners’ permission. You will see many blog posts that bend and twist the facts to make it look like you will never get sued. I have attached links below to current stories regarding people who have been sued for seeding and leeching on BitTorrent. It is just like speeding or shoplifting. It is no big deal until you are caught, right? These blog posts promote this illegal activity for much the same reason a local drug dealer might give someone some free product. They want you to join their club and become used to breaking the law because it makes the market for their business or they want to entice you into illegally seeding content that they can acquire from you for free.

    If you receive a notice from DigitalRights, it means that the ISP has already identified whose account was used to violate the copyright. If the infringer does not settle, the copyright owner has up to three years to file a lawsuit. The ISP will produce the name and address of the violator once the copyright owner produces a subpoena. The copyright owner will not sue people have paid for a settlement because the issue has been closed for good.

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