Source: By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
The Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the side of the entertainment industry for years.
In 2010, a Swedish appeals court upheld the copyright infringement convictions of three men behind the site, but it remains in operation.
The website, which has more than 20 million users around the world, does not host copyright-protected material itself, but provides a forum for its users to download content through so-called torrent files. The technology allows users to transfer parts of a large file from several different users, increasing download speeds.
Defenders of such sites say old creative industry business models have been overtaken by technology that allows music, movies and games to be acquired at the touch of a finger on computers, tablets, phones and other devices.
Both O2 and Virgin said banning orders against copyright-breaching sites had to be accompanied by other measures that reflected consumers’ behavior.
By Maurice Edwards
Most emerging artists in 2012 have embraced the concept that they must have more of a freelance approach to developing and maintaining a career within today’s arts and entertainment industry.
Just 10 years ago emerging artist relied on their Managers, Booking Agents, PR Firms to handle all the networking for the artist. The only thing that emerging artist had to concentrate on back then was creative issues. Since the advent of the internet, Myspace, Twitter and Facebook all of these development services have been negatively affected but optimistic emerging artists have flooded these outlets with the hopes that their work will become discovered or sold.
Is this form of networking really beneficial to the emerging artist?
I ask this question because in the San Francisco Bay Area where we are located, it’s very time consuming and costly to network effectively. Every week it appears that two new networking groups seem to appear out of nowhere but unable of delivering the quality introductions that emerging artist desperately need.
Emerging Artists Networking Concerns:
- How will emerging artist locate the right people to network with?
- How will emerging artist 20+ miles from major cities network with the right people?
- How will visual and performing emerging artists network for quality projects and auditions.
- How will visual and performing artist receive mentoring or support in today’s arts and entertainment industry?
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