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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

P2P File Sharing Hurt Artists? - Clay Aiken  

When Clay Aiken released his latest album - On My Way Here, daily on Google Search for Clay Aiken, there were at least 8 locations for a free download of his CD.  To get around the legality issues, there was always a disclaimer to support the artist by purchasing the physical CD.  I am sure everyone that took advantage of these downloads did just that.

I was just reading an article regarding Peer 2 Peer file sharing (Songs uploaded on a site and then downloaded for free. ) on WebProNews.
The article was an interview with the CEO of LimeWire, George Searle.  Looks like they are expanding.   My thoughts about sites like these do not help the song writers or the artist.  The only positive thing is the artist is being heard.  Will these downloaders go to the artist concerts and support them that way?  What about the writers?  What positive way is this helping them?

This is a quote from the article.  Hopefully this is what is in LimeWire's future.
What's happening in peer-to-peer and at LimeWire right now represents a unique opportunity for the music industry.  Together, we have a historic opportunity to build a new future of file sharing that compensates rights holders while maintaining the aspects of technology and community that make P2P attractive.  Our users initiate over 5 billion searches every month. That's 5 billion opportunities to reach fans with the right message, the right product and the right price.  We think that P2P can simultaneously support a number of services, including promotion, ad supported, sponsored, subscription, and a la carte paid downloads of music; and have had several promising meetings with Labels to develop a model that will compensate both the Labels and their artists.
If they do start charging a subscription and put money into the pockets of the artists, writers and Labels, maybe this will be the way to go.  

Granted, the future is digital and CD's may be going the way of  Vinyl Records, 8 Tracks and Cassettes.

What are your thoughts on P2P sites?

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12 comments: to “ P2P File Sharing Hurt Artists? - Clay Aiken


    The eventual goal for sites like Limewire, if they are not doing so already, is to generate income in some fashion. If not by fees, then by advertising and collateral sales. Therefore, they most definitely should be reimbursing the artists and songwriters for every download facilitated by their service. It is only fair as they are profiting from the work of others.

  • musicfan


    What a good topic to think about. I do believe that the artist and song writers should be compensated for each download. Everything in life can't be free.


    I am a CD buyer, and not much a download person on the internet..okay, I'm trying, lol. I can't believe there are so many sites where people can literally steal music from the artists. It's just not fair. Hope it changes, but I still like my physical CD's. Heck, I'll admit I miss records!



    Very interesting topic! Perhaps some of the free downloads will result in concert goers in the future when songwriters are also compensated.

    Thnx for sharing the article in your blog.


  • TR


    Bottom line is the artists and the song writers need to be compensated. Every free download steals money from them.

  • chel4clay


    It's only right that the artist gets compensated. Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • Anonymous


    I think it'd be interesting if whatever business these people file sharing were in were to suddenly get a slew of folks getting their services for free and they had to worry about their job. Yes there are people who have entire IPODS full of music and haven't paid for a single song on it. Whoever develops a program that would stop sharing of music without the rights will be rich


    The music industry is undergoing drastic changes and the artists are going to have to change their method of presenting their music. The internet has made it an entire new game, but is hurting the artists, songwriters.


    Interesting article. Thanks for publishing it.
    I wasn't aware of the 'disclaimer', sounds pretty lame to me.


    I agree that this is a very interesting topic. But on a daily basis I see a change coming. Just in the past month I've had four of the songs I've used in montages identified as copyright infringing. I don't see that hurting the artist necessarily (unless my montages have just totally sucked) but just sayin'.

    And since I agree that digital vs CD is the way of the future I'm sure "they" are working diligently round the clock to somehow get all this mandated.


    I'm actually unsure on this one, only because I think the record industry needs a swift kick in the butt (for many reasons).

    There must be a way for these types of sites to work and provide compensation to the artists/labels.

    so, in other words, I have no clue LOL!!!


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