Musiker: Downloading is not a crime!

Die Featured Artists Coalition ist eine von Billy Bragg ins Leben gerufene Vereinigung von Künstlern in England. Die hatte gestern ihre erste Sitzung und dort haben sie erstmal erklärt, dass sie die Klagestrategie der Musikindustrie nicht unterstützen.

(Youtube Direktartists)

Musicians including Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Billy Bragg, Blur's David Rowntree and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien said last night that the public should not be prosecuted for downloading illegal music from the internet.

The Featured Artists Coalition, which consists of 140 of Britain's biggest rock and pop stars, said at its inaugural meeting that companies such as MySpace and YouTube should be required to remunerate the artists when they use their music for advertising.

Bragg told The Independent that most of the artists had voted against supporting any move towards criminally prosecuting ordinary members of the public for illegally downloaded music.

The musicians will express their views to Lord Carter, who suggested that individuals downloading music illegally should be brought to justice.

It's not a crime to download, say musicians (via BoingBoing)

Interessant in diesem Zusammenhang ein Posting von Michael Arrington neulich auf Techcrunch (Vorsicht: Arrington schreibt gerne großen Bullshit), den Link dazu hatte ich zwar schonmal in einem Delicious-Posting, aber egal.

Laut diesem Posting hat die Musik-Industrie einen Masterplan: Solange CD-Verkäufe noch einen Großteil der Umsätze ausmachen, werden sie weiterhin User verklagen und diese Strategie weiterhin fahren, sobald die CD-Verkäufe aber unter ein gewisses Level fallen, werde sie aufgeben und ein neues Geschäftsmodell auf P2P-Basis aus dem Hut zaubern, weil die Kuh quasi leergemolken sei. Macht aus Businesskasper-Sicht natürlich Sinn, diese Haltung, ich spucke ihnen trotzdem vor die Füße, weil sie Kids aufgrund einer Business-Strategie in den Ruin klagen. Bastards.

The labels fully understand that recorded music, streamed or downloaded, is going to be free in the future (we’ve argued this relentlessly). CD sales continue to decline by 20% per year, and the only thing that’ll stop that trend is when those sales reach zero. Nothing will replace those revenues.

They also understand that recorded music will largely be little more than marketing collateral, meaning that the Internet services being sued today for copyright infringement will be embraced in the future as ways to get the word out on hot new music. These services pay for the privilege today (either through high streaming rates or in court), but in the future they’ll be the ones getting paid by labels. Think radio payola at a whole new level, and there won’t be any more talk about social networks giving stock to labels and artists. Money will flow the other way, as it should.

By 2013 (maybe as early as 2011) it’ll make sense for the labels to finally reorganize their business models around the reality created by the Internet and person to person file sharing services. No longer will the labels be tied to revenue limited to sales of master recordings - by then most or all artists will be under 360 music contracts that give the labels a cut of virtually every revenue stream artists can tap into - fan sites, concerts, merchandise, endorsement deals, and everything else.

Big Music Will Surrender, But Not Until At Least 2011