Seattle Office of Film + Music


IN DEFENSE OF RECORD LABELS
October 15, 2010, 10:57 am
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Seattle Weekly
Last week’s Grammy Music Tech Summit presented attendees with seminars about the music industry, its future, its possibilities and its failings. One particularly interesting segment dealt with the industry’s response to illegal downloading and peer to peer file sharing. While these actions have become rampant and undeniably easier for listeners, artists and record labels continue to be cheated out of their hard earned money. Many excuses are made, but one prominently used excuse is that record labels are somehow evil corporations out to steal funds from artists. Seattle Weekly writer Chris Kornelis explains the opposite: “while there have been bad contracts signed, if labels were so malicious, so one-sided in their intent, why would bands continue to go into business with them? Why would a popular indie act like Iron & Wine leave their indie-label home and flee to the majors like they did this week, defecting from Sub Pop to Warner Bros.? Why would the Lonely Forest sign a deal with Atlantic?” Read the full article above for the complete argument, information about last week’s summit and arguments about how things should go about changing.

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