Posts Tagged 'Fildelning – File sharing.'

Doing the musician thingie

One of the main arguments for file sharing is that musicians don’t suffer from it. The assumption is that only middlemen, the record companies, would disappear. In this assumption it is also said that musicians should do what they always have done.

For some reason this means selling everything but their music: Keyrings, fridge magnets, lighters, t-shirts and posters. The musician as an ambulating peddler of merchandise. This argument is very weak. We musicians should concentrate on creating music, and do what we always have done to earn money, but musicians have first and foremost tried to earn money on their music.

Some bands, of course. Like Kiss for instance, has been rich on their business to sell merchandise. But this is reserved for a tiny number of artists in the world. No one wants to buy a small bands thingies just because they exist.

Music should be the musicians source of income.  I can’t see private copying as a threat, but piracy services can hardly be beneficial for anyone trying to make an artistic living.

Artists for file sharing – 4 of 10 in Sweden

Four of ten swedish musicians think that file sharing should be legalized. Swedish newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet asked 100 artists, some new, some has worked for decades and are quite famous. The all answeded anonymously. Mostly its the younger artists that approves of file sharing. Its the record companis that has a problem with file sharing, not the artists, it is claimed in the article.

Many artists are irritated at the record companies. A qoute: “Record companies has during fifty years had the sole purpouse to squeeze as much money from the artists as possible. Suddenly the companies has become some kind of interest organization for these artists and that is not true”.

The companies talk about a crisis, but its just 39% of the artists that claim they lose money on file sharing. Many say gigs are their main source of income. However, there are problems: “Many bookers check the sales. If you have a large downloading audience, this is not reflected in the sales, and it leads to difficulties in getting gigs”.

Many artists has choosen a low profile in the debate on file sharing, so they dont provocate their audience or their record company. The reason they answered the questionnaire, was that they were anonymous. See there, a sad development of democracy…

The article in Sydsvenskan:

A follow up the next day:

On the same subject, 14 artists on file sharing:

Hindering the development

There was a suggestion for a new law in Sweden recently, as I wrote here:

Now it receieves serious critisism from a bunch of swedish IT-entrepreneurs. Among the relevant issues, they point at the web as a cooperational, social and highly interactive place where ideas, products and connections are shared all the time. The article writes that the politicians pretend as if Internet and digital technology does not change the world and they do a serious attempt to work against the unique qualities that the web has, that people generally love.

They want to give the industry the possibility to indentify and hunt people who share “wrong” files, to sue them. This is to help the industry to keep aged structures, business models and relations. A very relevant observation, that I can share.

One issue is that a hearing will take place in the Swedish parliment, 3 april. In the list of speakers, there are six representatives from the business, who wants harder sums against file sharing, for economical purposes. Two persons will point at the “consumers viewpoint”, but they are suspected as not being objective; one is general secretary for a government funded organisation, and one was part of the Renforsuntredningen – an inquiry about file sharing, where they suggested that a file sharer should get their connection closed down…

My opinion on this subject is that file sharing is unstoppable and it is not meaningful to try to stop the development. Everyone against this has to realize that we are on the way to a new society, a new age of enlightenment, to be a bit pompous. This will be a society where the web is central, with its incredible possibilities for democratic use and sharing of knowledge, ideas, material and products. As a music publisher, I need support to get the best from this development, not laws hindering my business. As a consumer, I want the possibility to enjoy what I like, and to support my favourite artists adn creators in a fair and just way.

Here is the critical article, but only in swedish:

Swedish government on file sharing

Today the swedish minister of justice and minister of culture writes about the governments ideas regarding file sharing, copyright and entertainment on the web. The main idea is that artists should have the right to get IP-addresses via courts, from the internet provider, if the artists find someone using their material illegally. This has lots of practical problems attached to it: How do you know who uses an IP-address in a company or a collective?

But there are some very good points made. Above all: The industry concerned must take its responsibility to develop. If the copyright is used to protect aged business models, it will be impossible to defend the copyright. Very well expressed!

Also, the “Renforsutredningen” which is an inquiry regarding file sharing, recommended that illegal file sharing should render the user’s internet connection to be blocked. I beleive that it is a dangerous and primitive way to go, which the minister of justice and minister of culture also identifies. This will not happen, luckily. Internet is becoming a central arena for citizens to be active in society. A block could be devastating for many, even if they act in illegal matters. I know some european countries have the option of blocking in the laws. That is something that society should be able to handle in more constructive ways.

 Here is a link to the text, but only in swedish:

File sharing only problem for large artists

There has been some renewed debate in Sweden, on this very tiresome issue. The green party has released this movie, promoting file sharing.

And a famous author, Liza Marklund, has written about these issues form her point of view. “Stop your hypocrisy, net pirates” and “Create yourselves – lazy parasites”. If you know swedish, read here:

I think her views are relevant and in some ways true , but I can not share them. Because the loss for her if she was copied would be huge, since she sells huge amounts of her books. So I understand the problem. But for small artists, who need creative marketing and are not too afraid of their work being used, the file sharing is a very good alternative to use their products. So I suppose this leads to a logical problem. There can’t be one law for the small artists, and another for the huge ones. But how do we solve that?


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