Note: this article was updated on 3/20/08 at 12:15 p.m., incorporating new information I just received in a comment from Jessica Morris. -R.B.
I know this is off-topic for this blog, but just wanted to share this thought with my readers.
I just attended a talk this morning at the Silicon Alley Breakfast Club, where one of the panelists was Jessica Morris of OurStage.com.
OurStage is a site which permits any musician or filmmaker to put his or her work on line, and have it exposed to the world at large (presently more than a milliion "uniques" per month) for competitive judging, commentary and feedback, the opportunity to win prizes and mentor opportunities, and other good reasons to post their work product.
I asked Jessica if musicians can sell their whole songs there, too. She said sure, it's 99 cents per download, of which the musician gets 80 percent... but she then wrote in and corrected herself: the artist actually gets all 99 cents -- or 100% -- of the total purchase price.
So any musician could go to OurStage.com, get free exposure for his or her music, and even sell his music to the public, receiving all of the purchase price.
And anyone who likes music can go there, listen to their heart's content, buy something if they like it, and be sure that what they spend goes right into the artist's pocket, where it belongs.
1. In such a world, who needs record companies?
2. If people don't need record companies, wouldn't record companies have to somehow make people want to do business with them?
3. Who thinks the RIAA's litigation campaign is a way of making musicians want to do business with the Big Four record companies?
4. Who thinks the RIAA's litigation campaign is a way of making music lovers want to buy their music from the Big Four record companies?
Anyone who can't figure out the rather obvious answers to those 4 questions, doesn't deserve to be running a record company. (Or should I say "running a record company into the ground")?
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