brigid_fitch: Not to sound like a geek, but Paramount figured this out years ago. They used to bring the hammer down on Star Trek fans trying to publish unlicensed novels and stories. Then they realized that doing so was not only costing a small fortune in legal fees, it was also squashing a bunch of free publicity. So, if those nerds wanted to write stories & make fan films about their licensed products, let 'em. And those fans kept the franchise alive for decades when it should have just been some failed TV show from the 60s.Psy's seeing the same thing. He couldn't pay for the kind of marketing the internet is giving him. Let everyone play in his sandbox--he'll only get more famous and richer.
Walt_Jizzney: Exception that proves the rule, really. This guy broke a certain threshold where this could come to pass, but for most small/new artists, every single miniscule sale is important.
Dogfacedgod: Too bad this guy hates Americans and wants to kill us all
jeffreyh: Won't we think of the poor musicians who only want to record music then make a fortune sitting on their asses?
cgraves67: Given that it's a world wide phenomena, I would've expected his take to be a little higher than $8.1mil.
Teiritzamna: Well what it shows is that you cannot really make money off of the song - not that you cannot make money. In this, case the song itself is like a loss leader, a freebie, a give-away to get you in the store. It can be a viable strategy and i think it is great for small time guys to get some exposure - and again shows that the distribution system that the RIAA built is mostly irrelevant now.
satanorsanta: Dogfacedgod: Too bad this guy hates Americans and wants to kill us allWhere is this from? My dad said the same thing
jeffreyh: Won't we think of the poor musicians who only want to record music then make a fortune sitting on their asses? If they made real music and put on good shows the money would follow. But then there's the poor record companies...
MagSeven: cgraves67: Given that it's a world wide phenomena, I would've expected his take to be a little higher than $8.1mil.Yep. Although he is raking in cash and getting a whirlwind of free publicity, I wonder how much he would have raked in if everyone who wanted the song couldn't just download it on a whim. On the other hand, I wonder if it would have been such a hit if you couldn't just download it on a whim.
Rev. Skarekroe: satanorsanta: Dogfacedgod: Too bad this guy hates Americans and wants to kill us allWhere is this from? My dad said the same thingHe wasn't a fan of the Iraq war.But I have a feeling he's changed his mind since then on his whole killing Americans thing now that he's a star here.
pacified: Dogfacedgod: Too bad this guy hates Americans and wants to kill us allwhen America bombs children with drones, its for FREEDOM
spman: Walt_Jizzney: Exception that proves the rule, really. This guy broke a certain threshold where this could come to pass, but for most small/new artists, every single miniscule sale is important.and if you're good enough, people will be more than willing to pay for your song / album. If you aren't good enough, they won't, end of story.
TheJoe03: Great to see the record industry die right in front of us. The artists need them less every year and now they're not getting screwed by the business and being told how to make their music.
not5am: it's already been established that singers/artists do not make money
Krashash: $0.02I certainly think artists should be paid for their work, and I certainly don't begrudge any that enforce their copyright. We're a niche market society nowadays though, and I think that if an entertainer structures a free stuff strategy right, he can do very well. You put out oodles of free stuff, let the internet spread the word, build up a niche fan base, and profit then profit from doing shows or selling swag.Comedians in particular seem to be doing well in this model. Chris Hardwick and Adam Carolla put out a bunch of free entertainment in the form of podcasts. A couple years later they have relatively small but dedicated fan bases that sell out every show and buy their swag, Hell, I just bought a bunch of Carolla's Mangria to give out as Christmas presents.I don't know, it is just my limited view, but I think the free stuff model will pay off dividends for the talent that is willing to get out there and work.
Fark_Guy_Rob: And the whole 'We don't even need record labels' argument - I've been hearing that since the days when not all desktops could handle decoding MP3s with decent bit rates. Well before Napster. Back then everyone was all, 'Now anyone can share music with the whole world! For free!'But that never happened. I don't know of a single band anyone *cares* about that didn't get famous via the traditional route. A band that just put their music up, for free, and the world loved it, and they became rich and famous, without a record label. If the radio is filled all these no-talent hacks, how come all the 'good' free music hasn't taken over?
StrangeQ: That's impossible. From what my sources tell me, the only way to make money as an artist is to sign a deal with the RIAA gauranteeing them 80% of the profits from all sources and then suing into oblivion anyone who so much as hums one of your songs in the shower without permission. Something here doesn't add up...
BeowulfSmith: All I know is this makes me smile every time I see it:
peterthx: BeowulfSmith: All I know is this makes me smile every time I see it:[gcaptain.com image 591x394]GODDAMN I'M TIRED OF ALL THESE FLAT ASSES!!!
Smackledorfer: Not only that, but I've actually seen people argue that the creative artists won't create without the possibility of massive wealth.That is how we know all the old composers and painters were crap, right?
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