How the RIAA Finds Its Victims – Consumerist

Serial Killers of Suing: How the RIAA Finds Its Victims – Consumerist

I think everyone’s a bit tired of these ******** (my edit, JA), even if they were once sympathetic to their position.

This is an interesting revelation of the process the RIAA goes through to sue people. The labels havee treated their artists like this for years, and now they are treating their customers (or potential customers) terribly as well.

I agree that the music industry is being forced to change. The question is , what will it change into?

legal downloads rise, fueled by broadband

CD sales fall as downloads rise, fueled by broadband

There are more than 230 online sites where consumers can buy music legally, up from 50 a year ago, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Soon, you will be able to go to any artist’s website and download their music, or order a CD that will be made on demand and shipped to you. Little or no inventory cost will allow artists to make the rcordings that they want to make, without regard for packaging and distribution costs that may or may not be recouped.

My DRM-free mp3 store will be up in a few weeks.

A Model For Big Content?

Artists are always trying to find new ways to finance the creation of their art, and ways to connect with an audience.

Artist Share worked well for Maria Schneider who won a Grammy for a CD available only online and finaced through listener support.

The concept outlined in the following link combines the fan support with an open license concept. Pretty cool. It could work if you have enough fans with enough trust.

OpenBusiness » Blog Archive » A Model For Big Content?

Young ‘prefer illegal song swaps’

From a BBC story ,BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Young ‘prefer illegal song swaps’ :

Jupiter analyst Mark Mulligan said: “The digital youth of today are being brought up on a near limitless diet of free and disposable music from file-sharing networks.

“When these consumers age and increase spending power they should become key music buying consumers.

He added: “Unless the music industry can transition these consumers whilst they are young away from free consumption to paid music formats, be they digital or CDs, they may never develop music purchasing behaviour and the recording industry could suffer long-term harm.”

I think part of this is because the music industry is seen as a large cold faceless glob of evil, which much of it is. My friend, jazz artist David Gibson, has suggested that as we move to more independent production, that the artists will become the face of their music (instead of a many major labels that seem like they would prefer to sue you, or ruin your computer, as much as sell a CD to you), and people will be less likely to steal it. That seems to make sense.

Canadian artist Jane Siberry has a digital music store that seems to run on that theory. There is a nice description of the principle in this Boing Boing post.