On Sunday 15 January 2006 11:21, Folderol wrote:
Surely off topic by now, but what the hey...
We don't. But that raises the question as to how we should compensate
those who are doing work such as this? Thats what the RIAA was
supposedly formed to do as part of their reason to exist. But once you
get a suit involved its everyone for himself, suits first.
Some, like Janice Ian, have taken the commercial route by selling her
work on cd's, over the net at prices in the area of the big name stuff,
and I've bought some knowing she will get quite a bit of it to spread
to her assistants after the card processing fees.
This is a good model for those well established although Janice is a bit
borderline to the 'great unwashed masses'.
What I'd like to see is a site where works like this could be posted in
a quad of format choices. A very highly smunched version could be used
as the free sampler, in both ogg and mp3 formats, while the high
quality, ogg at Q7 or so, mp3 at or more than 128k, would cost the
downloader a trip into his wallet for his credit card. The site owner
could then take 50 cents of that dollar for processing the credit card,
and the artist gets the other 50 cents. More than he/she would ever
get from the RIAA today.
Maybe thats unrealistic from the standpoint of the card people, who
probably lose money processing a $1 purchase if they aren't fully
computerized, but you get the idea.
Personally I think it sucks the big one when the RIAA gives the artist
less than 5 cents on the dollar and then has the unmitigated gaul to
charge the artist for the production and advertising of the disk,
sleeve and carrier as has become prevalent today. Where is their
gamble? The artist is sure tossing the dice, with a heck of a lot
lower chances than a roll of the dice offers.
People having trouble with vz bouncing email to me should add the word
'online' between the 'verizon', and the dot which bypasses vz's
stupid bounce rules. I do use spamassassin too. :-)
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