I’m a regular reader of Jon Newton’s digital media law and politics blog P2Pnet, and was very happily surprised when he announced a new free indie music hosting service. As my friends know all too well I’ve been milking my mid-90’s music compositions for more years than I spent writing them, and hence I milk-on thusly! I immediately contacted Jon who graciously extended his hospitality and bandwidth my way.
Many thanks to P2Pnet for this distinction!
Here’s some succinct words by me on my opinion of today’s music industry, in case they are removed for some reason from my profile:
The only reason the music industry has ever been profitable is because of the relative difficulty of reproducing their product. This all changed with the proliferation of the internet, just like the Great Wall of China met its obsolescence with the advent of the tank and the aeroplane. As humanity steadily and irreversibly evolves we collectively find the impossible becoming possible, and the insurmountable becoming insignificant.
The insurmountable gaps between human bodies has been made all but insignificant thanks to our greatest achievement, the internet. Our physical realm is rapidly becoming digitized while tangible objects become luxuries. This is why music in the 21st century is absolutely worthless from a business standpoint.
Artistsâ€™ efforts at stifling evolution are little more than a pothole on the highway – people simply steer around it.
There are some artists who provide tangible benefits to owning albums by including a book or autograph or beautiful design. These are tactile luxuries that are pleasurable to own, cannot be duplicated, cost someone money for materials, ergo artists are justified in requesting compensation. Other artists demand compensation for easily duplicated digital representations of their creations. Such artists are spinning their wheels. Bits belong to no one.
Me? I invite you to consume and copy my creations for free. Please enjoy.
For more insights into my opinion of the music industry feel free to check out my essay on the topic