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As a professional musician I know the music industry very well. The degree of positivity and progress making your music freely available has done which always completely negates any amount of “harm” that may come your way. Getting exposure is king. In short; if they know your music you have an audience. They will come and watch you, they will support you. Building a fan base is more important than sales on each CD or download. When you have a following they buy your music and merchandise because they want to feel a part of the music, it's about treating them as not as customers but instead, people with the same interests.



Louder Than War Blog: Why is it always glass half empty for the British Music Industry?

Most of us have a mate who has a tendency to the glass half empty view of life. For every silver lining there is a cloud. When one door closes, so does another. That mate for bands and songwriters is music industry body, the British Phonographic Industry, affectionately known as the BPI. They never seem to miss an opportunity to rush in with an arm flailing press release wailing: "The pirates are coming! We're doooomed! Doooomed I tell you!" Or to be fair, currently it's "If it weren't for the lovely, yet tax averse Adele, we'd be dooooomed!"

While most people were nursing their New Year hangovers, the BPI were preparing their latest missive of doom- aka music sales volume figures from the previous year. Top of the headline was "Music Sales Slip in 2011", qualified by the next line "but digital singles and albums grow strongly". So the glass empty half first, which would leave any reader with the impression that overall, things are getting worse. 

Thursday, 12 January, 2012 (All day)

Techeye: Content industry wants a "music NSA"


The Pirate Party UK's leader, Loz Kaye, has hit back at the British content industry pressuring top ISPs to introduce a database of suspected pirates for copyright breaches.

Speaking with TechEye, Kaye said the industry "seems intent on turning ISPs into the music NSA".

Monday, 2 September, 2013 - 22:00

UK Court Orders Further Site Blocks

Thursday, 28 February, 2013 - 16:30

The High Court has ordered the UK's largest ISPs to block yet more sites at the request of the music industry. Now Internet service providers must also prevent access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"The British music industry has nothing positive to show from their site blocks and personal legal threats. Looking at sales figures from 2012, you can't draw the conclusion that stopping access to the Pirate Bay did anything to help artists."

The BPI's "Digital Music Nation 2010" report

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The BPI announced their latest report on digital music sales and "piracy", entitled Digital Music Nation 2010. As usual, it consists of a careful mix of truth, lies, delicately chosen misleading statistics and precisely spun industry snapshots.  TorrentFreak have published some initial analysis. While we go through the report with a fine-toothed comb and a magnifying glass to try and figure out what's reallygoing on, my take on the situation can be found after the cut.


Raging Against...

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Today, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the Observer Music Monthly, a thoroughly excellent colour suppliment that is sadly closing down in the new year. Naturally, along with the inevitable questions on file sharing and the Pirate Bay, the topic of Rage Against the Machine came up. While it's easy to poke fun at the campaign to dethrone the X Factor, to see conspiracies in the mysteriously disappearing facebook group, or to point out that RAtM are signed to Sony who also deal with Simon Cowell's Syco organisation and therefore stand to benefit either way, there is a very important implication for the way the record industry works.  

Music Industry Faces $6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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The music industry is very keen on making people who infringe their copyrights pay exorbitant fines, but what about when they are the copyright infringers? A class action by Canadian musicians accuses them of systematically infringing copyright, with potential damages of $6 billion:

Government confirms disconnection plans

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The Queen's Speech didn't mention it, but government are pressing ahead with its plans to disconnect filesharers:

The most headline-grabbing part of the Digital Economy Bill will be a clampdown on onlinepiracy. Last month, Peter Mandelson set out the government's plans for a scheme which would see persistent online sharers of copyrighted material sent a series of warning letters before having their broadband connections slowed down or even suspended.

Music companies welcomed Mandelson's move, which goes further than the measures suggested by Carter in June's Digital Britain report, but internet service providers have warned that the cost of implementing the measures will outweigh the benefits.

There are also fears that innocent internet users could have their wireless broadband networks hijacked by pirates and fall victim to the tough new regime. One of the UK's largest internet service providers, TalkTalk, has already warned that it will launch legal action if the plan is put into action.

Filesharers buy more music

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The music industry wants to disconnect filesharers from the internet, because it says that they are reducing its revenue by copying music without buying it. But how much revenue is the music industry losing? According to a survey, filesharers actually buy more recorded music than non-filesharers:

Adults who download music from unofficial channels also spend £30 per year more on physical and digital music than people who don’t, according to a survey by the Demos thinktank of 1,008 people aged 16 to 50.

Mandy confirms he'll cut off filesharers

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Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, has confirmed that the UK government is planning to cut off filesharers from the internet:

The UK government will take steps that will exclude persistent downloaders of content from connecting to the internet, it confirmed today.

The UK business secretary, Lord Peter Mandelson said that the UK would pass legislation to cut off people as a last resort. Before cut off, individuals would receive warnings that their activities had been detected and warned to cease and desist.


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