Artists understand giving for a good cause. Here’s one example for this Holiday Season.
Artists have united to help the homeless with a new digital-only charity compilation album titled Compassion Through Action. Released this week on Bandcamp.com, the ten-track collection is the first of a two-volume set. The project is essentially a group of select songs “curated for the purpose of assisting the work of Compassion Through Action, a Los Angeles based homeless aid organization.”
The digital release was produced by L.A. native singer-songwriter Manda Mosher. Mosher, one of the organizers behind the “Sandy Hook: A Benefit Concert”, was moved into action once more.
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Bloomberg almost gets it right. While Megan McArdle correctly identifies the problem with Spotify in the context of current market economics she fails to recognize the source of the downward pressure on online music distribution, Ad Funded Piracy.
As we have said many times, we don’t object to streaming as a business model, we only object to the poor revenue and compensation economics that these services currently provide. In other words, the economics of music streaming are a direct symptom of the larger disease of Ad Funded Piracy – this is why we hope to see more artists speaking up about the actual source of the problem as pirate sites are a for profit business that do not compensate artists at all.
In other words, while the cost side has improved, the revenue side has gotten worse even faster. People simply aren’t willing to pay very much for recorded music anymore. If you’re an artist, and especially if you’re a record label, that’s very bad news. Naturally, some artists want to shoot the messenger, blaming Spotify for their paltry payments. But Spotify is not the problem. The market is the problem. Spotify is just the messenger telling them what the market is now willing to pay for their songs.
We have a suggestion for any streaming music company executives who should happen across this post – if you really want to help musicians, why not start educating the media and musicians about the cause and source of why streaming economics are really so bad, Ad Funded Piracy.
Let’s join forces and aggregate the power of the community to restore a fair, ethical and balanced marketplace to music so that artists, songwriters and performers can have sustainable careers, and you too.
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A court in France has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results.
The court said the sites broke French intellectual property laws and were “almost entirely dedicated” to streaming content without the owners’ permission.
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo must now take measures to ensure the blocked pages cannot be found in a list of search results.
ISPs, including Orange and Bouygues Telecom, will also have to prevent users from being able to access the sites.
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“Operation Creative is being run… to really get to grips with a criminal industry that is making substantial profits by providing and actively promoting access to illegally obtained and copyrighted material,” said Supt Bob Wishart.
The scheme encourages offenders to change their behaviour so that they are operating within the law, he added.
“However, if they refuse to comply we now have the means to persuade businesses to move their advertising to different platforms and, if offending continues, for registrars to suspend the websites,” he said.
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We’re seeing more and more artists speaking up and speaking out against the unsustainable economics of the exploitation economy. We also hope more artists will also be speaking up about the Ad Funded Piracy that creates the downward pressure to justify these bad business models.
There used to be one band with the courage to do this sort of thing: Metallica. Now, there are dozens of high-profile artists, with outspoken critics like David Lowery and Thom Yorke leading a previously-unthinkable level of protest against streaming and content devaluation. Here are just a few of those voices that emerged in 2013.
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