If it's my music and my label, then obviously I don't have to pay for any of it.
This Disney parrot has no concept of what ownership is.
If you give this man $10,000 he will MC your fucking wedding. I don't know if this clip warrants a real judgment call on copyright law.
Now he'll go on Howard Stern and talk about how he did it because he'll shill anything for a paycheck
That argument was highly original, and I certainly haven't read it a thousand times on various forums from a wide variety of mouth breathers.
if it were possible to download hamburgers......we would be even fatter than we already are.
I had a dream I went to Gilbert Gottfried's house for dinner, and he was a bachelor living in a tiny house in the middle of a large empty lot with his two dogs. We had pasta salad on a dining table in his living room, which was lit only by natural light coming through his partially closed blue horizontal blinds. I felt sorry for leaving before dessert, but he said it was okay because he had to walk his dogs, and did so immediately.
This is how he will always live in my mind.
Personally, I can't wait to see all the record labels get flushed down the toilet. Recordings already aren't worth shit. The technology is already available for people to make nice recordings in their own homes. If an artist makes a cd these days it's only for promotional reasons. The idea is to make something that inspires people to go see a live show.
Hell, that won't even be worth the trouble pretty soon. The business model will be "what, you want to bottle up your act and make it digital? Good luck making money ever again." The only way to find the good stuff will be to go find people playing it live in the first place.
Imagine if Radiohead released an album called "IOU" and the only way to hear it is to see them play it live. Bootleg recordings might show up and proliferate (and the quality would suck), but tickets would sell out everywhere. People would fight each other to see these shows as if they were wonka's golden tickets.
If everyone did that, music would become fun again. It would become an event. Artists would be able to sell their music as a real commodity. Not to mention all this would get rid of all the shit artists who get by simply because their studio producers are recording wizards. Those engineers could make even a goat sound purdy.
Anyway, if this music industry apocalypse means no more recordings, then so be it. I like this alternative way better.
In fact; it did used to be just that. Studio albums were often the teaser to get you to go to a concert, as it was well understood that the musicians would be performing much more elaborate pieces than what you heard on the album. Compare for example, Iggy Pops "Passenger" from the studio album, to his performance Oct 77 @ Manchester Apollo ( both via Youtube ). That's Bowie on bass BTW, looking like Christopher Walken. That's also what was called "stage presence". Something sorely lacking today.
This who situation is just our generation's version of the steam-powered wheat thresher. Except instead of unemployed farm laborers throwing riots and breaking machines, record execs are suing people. At least this time around it's a bit less violent and orderly.
And there is no music industry apocalypse. The industry is big enough that they can invest in whatever they want. If somehow all the money turned out to be in selling ads on webcast concerts, that's what they'd do.
No, what happened is now small artists are even more reliant on the label. At least when the label steals they leave a percent or two behind.
When the label steals, it doesn't just throw you a percent or two. If you ask the label to produce your albums, don't expect to see a cent from their sales. They give you maybe 12% in royalties (in a good deal) but those royalties don't go in your pocket. The top 3% of that 12% goes to your manager and/or producer. That remaining 9% goes against the deposit the label put down to record and produce your album. So if the record cost $50,000 to make, it has to sell $500,000 worth of albums in order for the royalties to pay it off and for your band to break even and finally see some royalties, but wait a second... 12% of those albums are going to be taken off the top to anticipate "breakages" in shipping and another 12% is taken off the top for "free merch" to give away. They've begun rewording this as PPD now (instead of retail price you only get royalties off of the dirt cheap wholesale price). So you have to make up the difference with another $175,000 or more in sales. Then, keep in mind that they'll charge other things to that account, like independent promotion companies and ANY video media pertaining to the band. That original $50,000 that the recording company charges against you ends up being more like $250,000 and so on. The only thing they DON'T charge against your account is in-house promotion. When you sign with a label you better be pulling in a lot of sales already or you will stay in their pocket forever. You could sell a million copies and never see a dime for it. Your second album could sell a million and a half copies and you won't see money for it either. Worse yet, they'll dump you on your ass because you're not showing enough growth. Keep in mind that you don't go into 'debt' with these accounts. They just make it so you never get money out of the cd sales at all. This is the backhanded shit that record labels do to the artists all the time.
I don't even want to get started on the 360 deals... "record sales these days are poor... how about we just cut chunks out of everything else you do, ticket sales, t-shirts, book sales and dvds included and leave you the crumbs?" Fuck.
The only way for a band to deal with a label and not get their ass handed to them is to do everything on their own and sign with a label ONLY for the advertising and promotions. Even then, they're going to make 95% profit off of all your hard work just to get your picture in the very back of a magazine.
Unfortunately, you can't just do everything on your own and pay the independent promoters directly to get your face in the shitty magazine without signing away your copyright to a label. The record labels own most of the ins and outs of the music scene and you aren't going to be able to make a dent. You can hire a booking agent, but he won't be able to get you into any big music festivals no matter how good your band is unless it's signed with a label.
Musicians fucking hate the labels. It's run like a mafia business. Heck, the mafia started this freaking business. It's like existing in a world where you have to rent everything you 'own' just to live.
If you're jiggling your tits on tv and selling twenty million copies a year, then record labels are just the bees knees... you can't get that high up in the food chain without them. But for everyone else who wants to play music and share something with people and make a modest living, it's a fucking nightmare. Fuck the fucking fuckers.
So true, S. So true.
@ PastorOfMuppets : Well go ahead and turn me on then. The recent posting of Sun City Girls really got me excited; not much of that "stage presence" but boy their music was beautiful. Wish I had known about that earlier.
Counterpoint: recording technology has been getting progressively worse, and there have been few well produced albums since the mid 80s.
I know how shitty the industry is, but couldn't resist being melodramatic.
My point is that, even though downloading music isn't the worst thing in the world, rationalizing it after the fact by with "all music sucks anyway" is horrible logic. Plus it isn't true. I listen to a lot of music, and enjoy it greatly.
Blaming the label: also crappy. Order it from the band.
Finally, if everybody "supported the bands in other ways" as much as is claimed in these piracy arguments, everybody on CD Baby would have a yacht.
Nothing is free. Somewhere, somebody is getting screwed. I'm not saying that anyone who pens a song is entitled to certain rights or money or whatever. I'm saying specifically that once you strip away the bullshit reasons people come up with for downloading, you're left with the truth: because hey, free music.
Oscar: there's no accounting for taste, but I really like these guys, and they're on tour right now...
go somewhere with a bar :)
Very reminiscient of The Band; good times drink music for sure. Here's a buddy of mine from my NYC days, do check him out if you're in the metro area.
|Timothy A. Bear |
Fake pirate, fake argument, fake voice.
I wouldn't even pirate the shit they've got playing in this video.
Also, he should have used his real voice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdbElWMnkyY
|The Huggable Universe |
When I saw the Victory Records logo, I briefly hoped that they had signed a Gilbert Gottfried-fronted melodic hardcore group.
I like that idea better than Gilbert Gottfried parroting inaccurate metaphors about digital piracy.
Victory records, of all companies? Good lord.
Let me just explain; there is an entire *decade* of people who personally know someone who was screwed over by Victory.
I just read up on them, and holy shit. What a bunch of scumbags.
Don't worry about me, Mr. Woodruff, Pens and Needles was actually a really catchy song...
Since I'll no longer spend money for CD's I purchased 15 years ago, you better believe I'll be downloading California Takeover, among others when I want to.
Also, Gilbert's analogy falls flat. Human beings relate to art differently than we do food, and food services. The necessity to eat is what drives the necessity to play by the rules for acquiring eats, and the economistic measure of value we apply to eats.
Art has often, traditionally even, been thought of as an end in itself, inherently valuable, outside other methods of valuation. Refusing to pay money for art is, then, a rejection of the commodification of art and the associated system of valuing that comes along with it.
So go on young pirates, download that music, and show the artist you appreciate their work in a way that transcends commodification.
Sorry Gilbert, but that's not how i roll.
I've discovered, AND PURCHASED more music from bands I'd NEVER have heard of if I hadn't pirated it first.
Piracy supports the small guy by getting their music out there via a medium not controlled by the corporate assholes. Meanwhile, bands like Metallica are unable to record a decent album any more, so they're afraid everyone's just going to pirate the ONE good track and never buy a CD, which they deserve.
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