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The stuff that losers are made of
Performers try to protect works for the sake of profits
By Frank Cotolo
Recently, Billboard reported: "Despite the major labels' success in clearing
hundreds of thousands of tracks for purchase online through services like Apple's
iTunes Music Store, some top artists continue to resist authorizing the dismantling
of their albums for Internet consumption as a la carte singles."
Some of these commercial acts "are requiring that their music be sold exclusively in
album bundles. Their concerns are about the downloads undercutting album sales.
Attorney Fred Goldring, whose firm represents Will Smith and Alanis Morissette, told Billboard,
"The fear among artists is that the work of art they put together, the album, will become a
thing of the past."
For artists who write their own material, the report indicates, the impact of the single-download
purchase is even more substantial: Rather than collecting songwriting royalties on as many as
14 tracks, plus an artist royalty on the "album" sale, payment is being parsed on a per-track basis.
It appears now that a kink in the so-called successful union between the Web and the commercial
music world is about to crack that scheme wide open. If you think about it, this was bound to happen.
Fear is driving the tactics of the music industry and now, if performers start holding back their,
a hum, "art" because of money, they may get smacked in the face with the very nature of the market's
demands. In other words, they may try to protect pennies earned and wind up losing more money
than they can imagine ever making.
It's one absurd thing for the major labels and the RIAA to be attacking the very fans they need
to survive. But it is totally another, and even more destructive thing, for the performers to begin
an assault on prospective buyers at a time when the bulk of them are experiencing a deluge of music
over the Web and sharing it passionately.
Where is the figurehead? Where is the trailblazing performer who will turn his or her head
on the powers that be and set the stage for a campaign to distribute their music without money or
fear driving the engine?
They call themselves "artists," but that is a thin costume for them to wear, a see-through
outfit that presents the real image clearly. None of them are radical enough to take whatever
the next step may be. None of them will experiment or lose some money to break into the next
dimension of music marketing, whatever it may be.
They are all crybabies, trying to protect what they want to share with the public by using a price tag.
Linkin Park, Radiohead, Madonna, Jewel and Green Day are among the crybabies. Hypocrites,
the lot of them. Cowards each and every one. Their fans should abandon them by the droves and
accuse them all of betrayal. None of them care as much about getting their music into more ears
as they do about how they earn money from their music. Some rebels. Some difference between their
"acts" and their creative fiber.
Make no mistake about this-protecting the integrity of a creative work for the sake of the percentage
is just a degrading of the work itself. And, for sure, not having the guts, brains, balls or downright
courage to take a step in a different direction to try to settle the battle raging due to the
new technology is the stuff that losers are made of.
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