We've talked about piracy, but now let's change that conversation to talk about the "New Boss" licensed services. One of the problems for artists selling their music, films or books in the legitimate digital space is getting a fair deal from the New Boss distributors. And that is exactly what they are--digital distribution requires artists and labels to outsource what are essentially manufacturing and distribution functions.
We've been posting about advertising on illegal lyric sites and it has become apparent that these sites are pretty clearly direct infringers--meaning they don't get safe harbors. This is because all seem to directly copy the lyrics themselves.
It's also very apparent that the sites are based in China and other locations outside of US law. Yet--of course--they all prattle on about how they respect the "DMCA" as though US law applied to them wherever they are located and that they are entitled to the "DMCA" safe harbors, which they pretty clearly are not.
We know that there are
evil corporations in the world.
We don't like them.
With copyright laws, we get to decide who can use our work,
and how much that have to pay for it.
If we want, we can give it away for free to our favourite charity,
or as a gift to our fans and supporters.
We keep hearing from web/tech gurus about how empowered artists are in the internet age, but yet, the numbers just don't add up. It's also ironic that tech bloggers like to promote the idea of "touring and t-shirts" as a solution to the difficulties musicians are having online. But it really sounds to us, more like an admission that there is no money for artists online in the Exploitation Economy to develop new and sustainable professional creative careers.