Piracy, Bootlegs and The Big Difference Between Music & Film 1

Piracy, Bootlegs and The Big Difference Between Music & Film
Forgive us for labouring over the issues of piracy, streaming and illegal downloads but if feels like we’re becoming evangelists for honest and factual reporting. Our latest soapbox concerns the article by Mike Wheatley on The Silicon Angle website entitled ‘Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads’. The gist of the article is ...

Another Pointless Article About Streaming?

One thing you can be sure of almost every week is that there’ll be another article about music streaming sites. They’ll either speak in favour or against but will inevitably have no conclusion about the future direction of the music industry. Depressing isn’t it? Saturday’s article by the masters of materialism Sky is probably the ...

Why Is The Music Industry Still Dead In 2013?

In the sixties music was fresh, rebellious and exciting. New artists were being discovered and given media coverage. It was an exciting time and an antidote to the ‘boring’ mainstream. In the late seventies, punk created a similar tidal wave and the DIY ethic lasted well into the eighties. Then we hit the dead zone. ...

Whitechapel Guitarist Alex Wade Compares Music to Fast Food!

Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade has complained that dwindling music industry royalties don’t make sense. Why will punters pay $10 for a fast food meal (quote) ‘that’s full of shit made by someone who doesn’t give a damn about them and it’s gone in 10 minutes, but won’t spend $10 on a CD that is someone’s ...

Artists vs Artists – Piracy Yes or No?

Dave Allen usually makes a lot of sense and when i noticed his post regarding the Artists vs Artists website I started to wonder if the poll wasn’t rigged. It’s a simple question – are you an artist ‘against’ piracy or ‘for’ it. (Caveat – this is a brilliant viral marketing initiative by the band Ghost ...

So is piracy bad or good for music? Why the confusion? 5

Two studies out last week (one by Ofcom and one by the EC) appeared to show conflicting results about the effect music piracy has on digital music sales. The Ofcom report appears to show that people are downloading music illegally to avoid paying for it and would buy if the price was cheap enough. In contrast ...