MP3 and You and Me: The Musician's Association SolutionJun 13, 2000, 07:34 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Penner)
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"The basic problem with the whole issue of digital music distribution is this: copyright was invented in order to ensure that musicians (i.e. producers) get paid a livelihood for the duration of their producing."
"Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that the majority of musicians cannot make enough money to earn a living under the current system in which five record companies control over 85% of all music distribution. The system benefits a select few artists, and more often than not, musicians (those that actually play an instrument) are worse off than marketroid drivel (i.e. spice girls, new kids on the block, etc.). It results in the ridiculous situation that most musicians end up starving (or forgoing their musical career in favor of other day-jobs), and a select few, based not on merit, but rather on marketing - make disproportionately huge incomes -- more than they actually need by many orders of magnitude. In any case - the amount of money musicians make is currently in no ways really tied to their merit as a musician itself --> this is wrong - It points to a fundamental inadequacy of the current system. A way must be found to level this out in a more equitable way - such that more musicians can make a living. The really rich musicians may not like this - because they will no longer be as ridiculously wealthy (i.e. out of proportion to their work input), but you also won't get the extreme highs and lows, but rather a proliferation of more quality music being 'out there'."
"The current situation exists because the system is not actually driven by the QUALITY of the music, but rather by its POPULARITY. If an individual has enough money in their marketing budget, they can sell a million records, even if they can't play an instrument - this is exactly what has happened in the case of market-generated groups such as the spice girls and a handful of others."