On Paying For Music (or not)

I’ve rediscovered this fantastic essay from David Lowery (a.k.a. The Trichordist) on the truth about record labels and artist revenue streams. I strongly urge you to read it, especially if you’re a content creator.

There has been a lot of misinformation perpetuated since the mid 1990s (rise of the world wide web) about record labels cheating artists, and how buying music simply feeds the “fat pockets” of label executives. This could not be further from the truth in most cases, as Mr. Lowery eloquently explains. In fact, it’s more often a technology-driven corporation ripping us off. Record labels, performing rights organizations like BMI, the NARAS and AFM union have invested countless resources to help musicians get a fair shake. This includes, among many things, constantly lobbying legislation on Capitol Hill that favors artists on behalf of our incredible industry. Basically, if you are one of those music fans who hates The Grammys® and loves Old Napster or Pirate Bay, you are living in a bit of moral hypocrisy. In my opinion. Now, if the artist gives you their music for free, that’s a different story …

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