On a different note…. literally!
Recently, I was sent a Facebook message from a person in another country… Russia to be exact. It was a link sent as a gift thanking me for all we do to promote artists and further our mission, the blues. It was a link to a Russian website that holds a library of every song recorded by EVERY major artists from 1920s to present day. Downloadable all for free! And…. it works!
NO!!!! I WILL NOT SHARE NOR WILL I USE IT (past seeing if it worked, and… it did! Even with album art)!!!
Completely Disgusted! Another attack on our intellectual properties… What is the cost of FREE!
I didn’t and still don’t know what to say. I thanked him and then told him my opinion about the theft of intellectual property.
It is sad to see how people feel it’s completely justified (in their own mind) to steal and share these works of art… Today the world we live in is ever changing, and rapidly with the internet. As the managing editor and creator of this magazine connected with an international audience, I encounter allot of different opinions and new ideas regarding the music business.. MANY artists entering into the music business give away (by choice) their music in order to gain a larger audience. I completely understand this concept and have done so myself with not only the magazine but with my own music as well.. It is hard to get your name out there and the use of marketing your music (by Choice) can be very useful in gaining and growing your audience. The key here is, that it’s by choice! But from my own personal experience, it’s very difficult to turn it around and start charging once it was free… People today have no respect or concept of anything but, the creative arts for free…
A new movement I’ve seen both for the unknown and some internationally known artists is to just give it all away for free on purpose. This is because the artists feels the public is just going to steal it anyway so just take the lead and make it ok, and use it as a tool to grow the artists success..
So now we have a situation that the music is free, all the expense of recording and the creation of making the music is passed on to performing concerts and merchandise. But…. So many venues are not paying artists or expect the artist to perform for free.. So what is the cost of FREE?
I ask you.. What do you think of this new movement to just make all your music be free digitally, and only worrying about selling hard copies.. Do people still buy hard copies of music? And Can you make enough from it? What can be done to find ways to monetize our efforts as artists, in the world of free… and what does the future hold for the arts in a “free” mind set?
There is a cost to free! Don’t value your intellectual content at zero!