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Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film?

Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film? | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

"The fact is: pirate sites don't discriminate based on a movie's budget. As long as they can generate revenue from advertising and credit card payments—while giving away your stolen content for free—pirate site operators have little reason to care if a film starts with an investment of $10,000 or $200 million. Whether you're employed by a major studio or a do-it-yourself creator, if you're involved in the making of TV or film, it's safe to assume that piracy takes a big cut out of your business."

 

....independent film is not immune to piracy and we can "assume that piracy" is hurting the financial viability of indie film: "We know piracy won't go away altogether, and we won't always agree on the best way to go about disrupting it. But we can agree on a vision for a digital future that better serves audiences and artists alike, and that future depends on reducing piracy."

 

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Is YouTube's monopolistic behaviour hurting indie music labels?

Is YouTube's monopolistic behaviour hurting indie music labels? | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
Helienne Lindvall: The video site uses bullying tactics to force down royalty rates – and now it is attempting to do the same with audio streaming

 

YouTube is threatening to block independent music videos on its site unless the labels that own the copyright to those videos sign a "template licensing contract" for its upcoming music streaming subscription service, claims the World Independent Network – and the independent music community is up in arms about it.


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Poisonous and Insightful - Famous Quotes About The Arts

Poisonous and Insightful - Famous Quotes About The Arts | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

"Any work of Architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake".
Luis Barragán "Time" (1980) - 
An architect is two percent gentlemen and ninety-eight percent renegade car salesman.
-Anonymous
In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.
-Nancy Banks-Smith “The Guardian” (1969)

"Modern architecture is a flop. There is no question that our cities are uglier today than they were fifty years ago."
Phillip Johnson (1968)

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The real reason why the music industry collapsed, it stopped evolving! ABC Tech & Games

The real reason why the music industry collapsed, it stopped evolving! ABC Tech & Games | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
There was something for everyone. Music was all pervasive. We weren't just buying music from our favourite bands but anything that got recommended by the thriving music press or something that got fished out of a bargain bucket. My favourite bands were called Kyuss and The God Machine there were loads of great minor bands to pick from. (addendum: the intro/outro of The God Machine's Home even got me looking into World Music).

But then it all started going wrong.

The beginning of the end

Mid 1994 might sound like an early start of the decline - there were some great releases that year - but pointedly, most came from existing bands. Guns N Roses were becoming a caricature of themselves. Metallica weren't doing much new and then, out of the blue, Kurt Cobain shot himself. This was incredibly upsetting to me and millions of others and it rather emphasised a change that was in the air. Music (new music in particular) was losing its edge and becoming more commercial.

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Missed this? Yammer Uses Billboards to Show That Billboards Don’t Work…and Fails | The Hangline

Missed this? Yammer Uses Billboards to Show That Billboards Don’t Work…and Fails | The Hangline | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

How many tweets go ignored? How many Facebook statuses? Voicemails? Emails? Post-it notes? Everything is one-way until an audience responds. A response could be visiting a website mentioned in an interesting tweet, buying an item promoted in an email, calling a phone number from a direct mail piece or even just being more aware of a brand seen on a billboard. Social media hasn’t put a nail in the coffin of old media. It’s simply made it easier and cheaper to throw around thousands of one-way communications in the hopes that one of them sticks.

So Yammer can try to say old media is obsolete all they want. Myriad outdoor campaigns prove otherwise. I suspect most of their email marketing and social media tactics have gone relatively ignored until now. It took old media and a debate-inducing message to get the most attention they’ve probably seen in a long time. So congratulations to them on stirring the pot and getting some attention. This billboard is probably working like gangbusters.


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The Most Pirated Movie of 2011, Plus Ti West on Why Illegal Downloads Disrupt Indie Filmmaking | Movie News | Movies.com

The Most Pirated Movie of 2011, Plus Ti West on Why Illegal Downloads Disrupt Indie Filmmaking | Movie News | Movies.com | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
The Most Pirated Movie of 2011, Plus Ti West on Why Illegal Downloads Disrupt Indie Filmmaking. Read this and other movie news, reviews, and more at Movies.com.
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For Famous Musicians, 27 Is a Dangerous Age

For Famous Musicians, 27 Is a Dangerous Age | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
Amy Winehouse was 27 when she died. So were Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. (Really? The Claim: For Famous Musicians, 27 Is a Dangerous Age: Amy Winehouse was 27 when she died.
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5 of the Most Controversial Art Exhibitions

5 of the Most Controversial Art Exhibitions | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

For centuries Art has created whispers and murmurs. Here is a rundown of the 5 most controversial art exhibitions over the past century that has shocked an awed

 

"In front of her laid 72 objects on a table which ranged from flowers and perfume to more threatening objects including nails, a knife, hammer and a loaded gun. Lying docile and naked, the audience were allowed to use these objects any way they wished."

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Musicians With Twitter Bios That Make Them Unemployable | Gerard Way & My Chemical Romance

Musicians With Twitter Bios That Make Them Unemployable | Gerard Way & My Chemical Romance | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
So you know when you type something on the interwebs and then think about afterwards because you're worried that either your potential employer or your nan will see it? Yeah? Some musicians don't care about such things.
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Photographers Shouldn't Be Too Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent

Photographers Shouldn't Be Too Upset Over Amazon's White-Background Patent | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
Photographers are upset about a new Amazon patent involving shooting against a white background, but experts say it shouldn't affect them too much.
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“The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity

“The Tinkerers”: How corporations kill creativity | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
There's a reason Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in their garage: We've stopped rewarding inventors

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REVELATION OF THE METHOD: The Transhumanism Agenda and ...

REVELATION OF THE METHOD: The Transhumanism Agenda and ... | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

In the following video, noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones breaks down the revelation of the method and the transhumanism agenda behind Prometheus, the new film by legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, ...


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Musicians Praise BitTorrent and Creative Commons | TorrentFreak

Musicians Praise BitTorrent and Creative Commons | TorrentFreak | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
While the major record labels see BitTorrent as a threat, thousands of independent musicians believe it's one of the best ways to gain an audience. The FrostWire BitTorrent client has been promoting independent artists for years, with great success.
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Iranian filmmakers speak openly about their society | BZFilm.com ...

Iranian filmmakers speak openly about their society | BZFilm.com ... | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
Increased participation of women in filmmaking seems to be a welcome change for Iranian cinema.
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Austin's Musicians Caught In Conundrum : NPR

Austin's Musicians Caught In Conundrum : NPR | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
Austin, Texas, is quickly living up to its reputation as a musical hotbed. Consequently, as people flock to the city, the cost of living rises, and the starving artist suffers.
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No Protection: A Filmmaker Against SOPA |

No Protection: A Filmmaker Against SOPA | | Arts Independent | Scoop.it

Why a filmmaker is against #SOPA http://t.co/aCZ1U2VG 

 

"I saw a tweet yesterday that said “If SOPA passes, I’m moving to Canada.” It does sound tempting, but if SOPA passes, the internet will be affected everywhere. The U.S. is still leading the way in web innovation. But if you make obvious activity illegal, we’ll all be criminals."

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Welsh-language musicians strike over 'unfair royalties'

Welsh-language musicians strike over 'unfair royalties' | Arts Independent | Scoop.it
BBC Radio Cymru has been told not to play songs of about 450 artists who say they have no choice but to take action (RT @shanjash: “@gaitoms: #streicPRSstrike Erthygl yn y Guardian / Article in the Guardian
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