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Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies

Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
From his first album with Warner Music in 1978 to his current ambivalent relationship with digital, the Purple One, who has compared contracts to slavery, has a nearly 40-year history of battling for control over his music
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Guess whose records are now being shipped to a store nearby?
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 2016 12:57 PM

Another yet great artist, Prince. You know, its  really sad to see artist fight for the rights to their music. $40 years of battling for his control over his music is crazy! The music industry really enslaves one and captures you so beware. Indie is the way. Don't be fooled!  This is similar to Michael Jackson. Another legend. may they be at peace.

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Ed Rodriguez (Deerhoof) TALKS the Whole Illegal Downloading Thing

Ed Rodriguez (Deerhoof) TALKS the Whole Illegal Downloading Thing | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
So if someone is barely able to pay their rent, I would rather they put what little cash they have towards their bills and go right ahead, download our album for free. On the other hand, if someone figures that if they don’t pay for their music, then they’ll have more money for a fancy pair of jeans or a personal drone, then they might want to spend a little time reflecting on that. We need to break the habit of not paying for art, especially since very often we instead hand our money to the corporations that we can’t get anything from for free. Maybe pick up a shirt at a thrift store instead of the mall, so you have a few extra bucks to throw at your favorite local band at a show. Once you’ve found an album you want, walk to your record store and pick it up or buy it directly from the band’s website. Instead of seeing a good book in a book store and searching your phone for a cheaper price online, this time just walk to the register and screw the difference, buy it directly from the person who actually owns the store. Don’t worry, even without your money, the estate of billionaire Zachariah Amazon will do just fine.
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Ed Rodriguez' (Deerhoof) take on piracy, illegal downloading... and the people's ability to make a difference by using a simple but yet powerful weapon: their money.

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Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming?

Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Jimmy Iovine and the major labels are conspiring to get rid of free. Not only the free tier on Spotify, but on YouTube too. Apple writes a check to the labels at 40 million subscribers for years, whether they reach that number or not, and everybody pays for music.

 

 

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No doubt Apple, Iovine and Majors want to secure an exclusive revenue feed by killing all free alternatives, may they be legit or pirate.

 

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Documentary: How Napster Effected The Record Industry

Documentary: How Napster Effected The Record Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Napster just speaks for it. At the dawn of Napster, the music industry took a hit it thought it would never see. Even though they were able to shut it down, people still found ways to download free music and continue to do so now. Here is a short documentary about how Napster has effected the music industry since it’s start

 

 

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Napster was just the kickstart, then Apple brought in mass destruction weapons.

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Hadopi: 7 millions d'euros de budget en 2013 pour 3 millions d'e-mails envoyés depuis 2010 - FrenchWeb.fr

Hadopi: 7 millions d'euros de budget en 2013 pour 3 millions d'e-mails envoyés depuis 2010 - FrenchWeb.fr | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

€ 7MEn 2012, Aurélie Filippetti avait estimé que « 12 millions d’euros annuels et 60 agents, c’est cher pour envoyer un million d’e-mails ». Résultat, le budget de l’Hadopi, la haute autorité pour diffusion œuvres protection droits internet, ne cesse de diminuer depuis deux ans. Celui-ci est passé de 12 millions d’euros en 2012, à 7 millions d’euros en 2013, soit 1 million de moins que les 8 millions d’euros initialement prévus selon BFM Business.

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French government spent €7M on the useless Hadopi last year.
If you're still wondering what stopped piracy in France, it's nothing but Deezer.

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Ashes to ashes, peer to peer: An oral history of Napster - Fortune Tech

Ashes to ashes, peer to peer: An oral history of Napster - Fortune Tech | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The most important startup in early Internet history was also one of its most controversial.
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Piracy like it's 1999

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Court upholds $675,000 fine against former BU student for illegal music downloads - The Boston Globe

Court upholds $675,000 fine against former BU student for illegal music downloads - The Boston Globe | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $675,000 fine issued against former Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum for illegally downloading and distributing music in violation of copyright law.
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 $22,500 for 30 songs, that's like a zillion times Pandora's royalty rates.

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M.Brewer's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:25 PM

The Boston Globe is a nationally recognized newspaper and very credible source. I believe this article gives true information on the topic with documented results.

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France removes Internet cut-off threat from its anti-piracy law

France removes Internet cut-off threat from its anti-piracy law | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
French digital minister says "it’s like cutting off someone’s water.”
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So far Hadopi has been spending more money than it will ever recover from piracy.

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The Real Danger of Copying Music (It's Not What You Think) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The Real Danger of Copying Music (It's Not What You Think) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
There’s an endless debate about whether file sharing is “stealing.” We eventually shouldn’t “pirate” files, but it’s premature to condemn people who do it today when those same people are not paid for their participation in very lucrative network...
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the neverending dilemna: who's the thief? you, the record industry, or the internet giant medias?

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Digital Music News - Nielsen: 'Consumers Who Engage In Piracy Will Download More Music More Often...'

Digital Music News - Nielsen: 'Consumers Who Engage In Piracy Will Download More Music More Often...' | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Looks like the major labels have another study to go discredit.  Just days after researchers from the European Commission found that illegal downloading has little impact on industry revenues and could be boosting digital sales, Nielsen has jumped in with corroborating information.   

Specifically, Nielsen found that pirates are generally more engaged music fans.  They download more stuff than those playing by the rules.  And just maybe, buy more stuff.

Pierre Priot's insight:

may pirates be some kind of enlightened consumers?

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Michael's curator insight, April 16, 2013 11:18 AM

I wouldn't think that just becuase there are more illegal downloaders that there will be more people to buy albums

Mauricio Gallant's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:19 AM

Media sharing and streaming again has a positive effect, boosting sales all across the board

Brittany Paige's curator insight, October 8, 2015 9:37 PM

What I like about this article is that its not all focused on the negative it shows that there might be a positive part of this including an increase in digital sales. It shows that not everything from this bad and that it might not be such a bad thing like everyone is trying to make it out to be. This in my opinion because of the different point of view is a very reliable source. 

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Poll: Should music be free?

Poll: Should music be free? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Paying for music is now a voluntary act, so why would anyone ever buy a CD, LP, or download? Read this article by Steve Guttenberg on CNET News.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Music today is free (or at least can be if you want it to), and yet people are still willing to pay for it (up to 64%, according to this poll). 
The real change is people now want to be sure their money goes to the artists, not the industry.

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Cy Queen's curator insight, March 5, 2013 6:52 PM
Amanda Palmer's recent presentation at TEDTalks got me really thinking about music as it connects to other people on a personal level.  We are now in a time when people can support artists directly.  Labels are becoming irrelevant.
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Music today is free (or at least can be if you want it to), and yet people are still willing to pay for it (up to 64%, according to this poll). 
The real change is people now want to be sure their money goes to the artists, not the industry."

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New anti-piracy system will hit U.S. Internet users next week

New anti-piracy system will hit U.S. Internet users next week | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The controversial Copyright Alert System will finally arrive for Comcast users Monday, and roll out to other major ISPs throughout the week.
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CAS' six strikes: more money spent on sending warnings in the form of messages in a bottle.

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The Trichordist - Yes, Piracy Does Cause Economic Harm

The Trichordist - Yes, Piracy Does Cause Economic Harm | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
...it will henceforth be very difficult to dislodge Smith and Telang’s conclusion that piracy does economic harm to content creators...
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Piracy is obviously making economic harm, but should we feel sorry for all the wounded middle men? Or is this some kind of digital natural selection?

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The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Streaming fragmentation is driving people back to piracy.
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Good point: exclusivity periods are leading to market fragmentation and ultimately ruin the only bright side of streaming services

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Club 97.5 Idaho's #1 Hit Music!'s curator insight, March 7, 2016 5:37 PM
Traditional Radio will still rule! #RadioLife
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Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online

Grooveshark has been cloned and its music is back online | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Grooveshark has come back online — but not officially. A clone of Grooveshark is now being hosted at Grooveshark.io (the original site was a .com), allowing visitors to keep streaming, downloading, and searching for music files, including the many, many copyrighted files that got the original site in trouble.

The cloned site's creator, who goes under the pseudonym Shark, claims to have started backing up Grooveshark after suspecting that it was about to go offline. Shark claims to have backed up 90 percent of Grooveshark's content and to have also assembled a team dedicated to bringing all of Grooveshark's features, including playlists and favorites, back online. "I was connected to Grooveshark a few years back and I have, together with the team I've gathered, the knowledge and the technological abilities to bring it back to life," Shark writes in an email to The Verge.
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Grooveshark's ready to play hide and seek

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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:15 AM

"The Clone Wars have begun."

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The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The Man Who Broke the Music Business | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Dell Glover manufactured CDs for a living, but he began to wonder: if the MP3 was just as good, why bother with the CD?

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A mighty good read, as the story concludes: "there was scarcely a person younger than thirty who couldn't trace music in his or her collection to him."

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Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here's What We Know | WIRED

Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here's What We Know | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down today following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers.

The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also down.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Raiding the Pirate Bay server room is a spectacular move from the Swedish police, but this will not stop the Pirate Bay torrent file sharing nor come close to stop piracy in any way.

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Record labels ask broadband providers to collect data on illegal downloads

Record labels ask broadband providers to collect data on illegal downloads | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and Talk Talk are being asked to sign up to a voluntary code for policing illegal downloading
Pierre Priot's insight:

Going after your audience - pirate or legit - is NOT the answer.

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Mauricio Gallant's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:15 AM

Record labels started collecting illegal download data, but they still don't have a good plan of action to follow that up with. Prosecuting the fans will not solve anything

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Charts: How Spotify is killing music piracy

Charts: How Spotify is killing music piracy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music piracy has gone down significantly in the Netherlands since the launch of Spotify in that country. What’s more, artists who embrace Spotify see lower levels of piracy.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Is Spotify actually killing piracy, or is Spotify piracy in disguise?

Depends on who you ask.

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Rachel Crosley's curator insight, October 11, 2015 1:14 AM

I think this is interesting because it explains why music piracy has gone down since the launch of Spotify and why artists are embracing Spotify even though they aren't getting much money for the streams.

William Reilly's curator insight, December 6, 2015 5:38 PM

It is interesting to see that piracy itself has gone down, but you have to wonder what kind of overall impact this has on the business of music overall. The fact that artists who embrace Spotify see even lower levels of piracy makes it seem like a huge step up from normal, but what kind of rights and profit will Spotify take away?

Isaiah Muller's curator insight, February 17, 7:34 PM

Spotify in my mind isn't really on my piracy list. yes you can listen to free music, but you can also pay a small fee to get as much music as you want. In 2010 in the Netherlands, Spotify was introduced and from 2010 to 2011 the rate of piracy actually dropped 10% even though we will see if Spotify can do something to fight it everywhere rather than just being able to afford it.

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Digital Music News - Study Finds That Wealthier People Steal More Music...

Digital Music News - Study Finds That Wealthier People Steal More Music... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The reason richer people download more is more likely due to the technology they can afford – expensive computers, Android phones and iPhones and high-speed broadband (this also explains why most file sharers, according to the research, live in a metro area rather than the countryside).

Pierre Priot's insight:

Sounds obvious to me.

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malek's comment, June 19, 2013 10:51 AM
I'm not surprised!
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The Problem With Streaming Albums On iTunes

The Problem With Streaming Albums On iTunes | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
You can download them for free. But it's not that easy.
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Remember this simple rule before putting anything online:

once it's out on the internet, it is actually out on the internet.

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Ghost Beach Band Debates Piracy on Times Square Billboard

Ghost Beach Band Debates Piracy on Times Square Billboard | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The Brooklyn band Ghost Beach addresses the debate over music piracy in a big way: on an LED billboard above the American Eagle Outfitters store in Times Square.
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Which side are you on? http://www.artistsvsartists.com/

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Study: Pirates Rejoice, Illegal Downloading Doesn’t Impact Digital Music Sales | TechCrunch

Study: Pirates Rejoice, Illegal Downloading Doesn’t Impact Digital Music Sales | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Somewhere, there is a very sad music lobby analyst shedding a tear.
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Could the Record Industry have been blaming the wrong guys for the past 14 years?

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Frankie Sinatraa's curator insight, October 11, 2013 4:08 PM

This research shows downloading music illegally does not impact digital music sales

 

Mauricio Gallant's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:22 AM

Studies show that digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital form

Layne Giese's curator insight, November 11, 2016 2:04 PM

I thought this was an interesting study, but it is so hard to find out the real truth when it comes to things like this. Sure people can say they simply would not buy music if they didn't obtain it illegally but who knows. I never take information from studies/surveys about topics like this too seriously but some very valid points were brought up and I do see some truth behind it.

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Napster: the day the music was set free

Napster: the day the music was set free | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As a new film tells the story of Napster, Tom Lamont recalls the incredible sense of liberation he felt as a young music fan, suddenly able to download any record he wanted
Pierre Priot's insight:

Napster the movie. A peer-to-peer leak would be the best release ever, woudn't it?

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Hack Your Craft's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:50 AM

My god, the intellectual arrogance of the Napster generation of tweens now grown. The question has always been for me, free music to do what exactly? Sit on your desktop and rot?. The narcissism around p2p sharing is absurd. The thing is I'm not mad at the idea of free music, but it is still presently an undertheorized in practice. Freedom doesn't mean it should be culturally cheapened. How do you combat the greedy excesses of the industry with the excesses of an individual. Anyway, my 2cents.

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The Pirate Bay: We will sue copycat site for copyright infringement

The Pirate Bay: We will sue copycat site for copyright infringement | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
TPB spokesperson, apparently with no irony: “We are outraged by this behavior."
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Don't you pirate the pirates!

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