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And another thing to say about Royalty agencies

Royalty agencies have been having their way for years. And now it seems that we’re seeing more stories coming out about the shady tactics and underhanded systems put in place to maximise  their profits and limit the money sent to artists.

Here’s another example this time from Germany of a collection agency interfering with royalty payments and stopping musicians from do what they want with their music.

Seems like all the love musicians have for composing is all we have left. The rest is just an incredible uphill battle.

via techdirt

Mike Masnick -sick of ‘rights’ of musicians.

Techdirt has a blogpost from Mike Masnick about opposition to Free Music business models. He has a good point about people arguing a lot about the ‘rights’ of the artist to be paid. But what is missed is the underlying problem that musicians ‘need’ remuneration for their work. That will help to assure the quality of music continues to be written and shared.

There was a great comment from Suzanne Lainson about half way through the comments that is worth a look.

What do you think?

Purchase songs for $0.04 each… How do you feel about that?

There’s a new method for getting your songs cheap. Stacked full of DRM and on ANOTHER new format from Sandisk they are launching 1000 songs for $40 on these new cards.

You can’t really use them without a computer, you can’t choose the songs, and as a song writer they’re worth LESS THAN $0.04 per song to the record company…

And so all things being ‘fair’ for the artist, who would only see half of that royalty IF THEIR LUCKY due to the record company being so ‘helpful’  at getting this opportunity… Each artist would get $0.02 per disc sold. And that means these new Sandisks need to sell 100’s of 1000’s.

And your cut as a musician? if 100 000 discs were sold – $2000.

Oh… My… Goodness!!!!

So, what used to be considered successful album sales now barely covers living expenses for 2 months. And they think this is supposed to ‘save’ the industry.

via Techdirt