Taylor Swift recently brought these “robber baron” business tactics into the mainstream. When she removed her catalog from Spotify, they were trying to force a bad deal on her. Dead Kennedys had Spotify figured out early on, we pulled most but not all of our tracks off of Spotify back at the start of 2013. Musicians are not against streaming, but we are against “plantation/sharecropping” business practices. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Educate yourself about what’s really going on and the reality is shocking. Don’t buy the lies and memes, educate people, share this article, stand up. The Internet is not like the weather, it was created by humans and can be changed by humans. It’s not about regulating the Internet, it’s about regulating businesses. (They’ll try to confuse that, too.)
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Great article and I glad he spoke up. However, he understates just how evil You Tube (Google) is. First they offer you a fraction of what you would agree to for your work. If you refuse, they smile and turn their heads as everyone and their brother uploads your work. Then they pay you nothing at all and make all the ad revenue. It kind of reminds me of the old gangster trick. Hey give me 5 $ to watch your car. Then if you don’t pay they steal it. Because in reality what they offer to pay is below your cost anyways and is equivalent to stealing.
But I don’t understand. All these tech guys claim that since you were being ripped off by the record labels you should put your music out there for free and “expand” your audience while selling t-shirts at shows you play to make money.
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