The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319   Message #2136900
Posted By: Anne Lister
30-Aug-07 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: RE: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Making a copy for your mates is one thing - putting it on a file sharing site where there are no limits to how many people get hold of it is quite another. The copy for your mates was always illegal and unethical as well, as it happens.

As to making it work to our advantage - how? If the performer has no way of finding out who has shown interest in their material or obtained a copy of this free album, just how can it be used in marketing or promo? As the site is international, there's not even the inducement of thinking perhaps the downloaders might show up at a concert some time.

And in my case, there's no "label" for me to be concerned about. The album is entirely my own copyright and entirely my own investment, which means anyone giving away copies without my knowledge and permission is ripping me off directly.

I'm not sure what moral perspective people are adopting if they're saying that (a) this has always happened and this is just the modern version and (b) I should be grateful that someone likes my music so much that they want to give it to all their friends rather than feeling they'd like to support my work by actually encouraging their friends to BUY THEIR OWN COPY. It's simply not good enough to say that record labels have ripped artists off so it's fine for fans to do the same, regardless of whether there is, actually, an exploitative record label involved. And in fact as the fan in question had obviously read my album notes there is no reason to suppose he was ignorant of the fact that I am a one person business.

As to the "clips" argument - this is a new technology thing as well, isn't it, because apart from some listening booths in some record shops in the past there was never the chance to listen before you purchase. It certainly doesn't justify downloading instead of purchasing, does it?

Finally, MattKeen ... you might or might not love it if and when it happens to you, but the problem is that you will have no idea whether it's one person or several hundred thousand listening to your product, what they think of it or how to get in touch with them. You might, on the other hand, suddenly realise that the album you spent a lot of money on making is somehow not recouping your investment (not many folkies make much of a profit on their albums) and unless you have other sources of income this might mean that's the end of your recording career. My own album sales go directly towards paying for the next recording - loss of income matters to me, mercenary that I am.