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  •  I understand your point of view. (2+ / 0-)

    I really do.  And artists have been sued by their own labels for copyright infringement...of themselves, if you can believe it!

    My only fear is that people will not get what they're due.  We're already getting screwed by our label.  Sony/Epic, of course.  It's getting tougher and tougher to make a living as a professional musician.  And you're either a professional musician or something else, because there is no time for both.

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    by browneyes on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 01:30:44 AM PDT

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    •  sounds like you're defending your abuser. (0+ / 0-)

      Sony is screwing you, so you're defending the entire legal basis upon which Sony screws you.  That's like an abused spouse defending the abuser.  

      I was professionally involved in music production for a number of years so I understand the issues involved.  (And as for your claim that making an album costs a ton of dough, I don't buy it.  You can do it with two weeks of lockout time for tracking, and two weeks of halftime for mixing.)

      The bottom line is that the labels screw the artists.  You get somewhere 5% to 15%, they keep the rest.  You know darn well that P&D isn't worth 85 - 95% of gross.  

      Fact is that you could earn more by ditching Sony and going independent, and recruiting some venture capital for promotional costs.   You wouldn't be worrying about royalties because you'd make yours from the actual album sales and from tour income.  


      As an aside, there was a time when Sony was basically a big electronics company, and there was pretty evenly-matched competition between Sony and Panasonic.  Then Sony went into content in a big way and fell behind in electronics.  At this point, anything Sony makes, Panasonic makes a better one.  

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