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Chris Ruen asks the reader in his coda “If we fail to maintain the spirit of copyright into the digital age, what novel expressions of ideas and history will we deny ourselves?”.  This is a worthy question, but my first thought was “the spirit of copyright is not the system of copyright we necessarily currently […]

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It seems like the music industry–which, if we’re considering the act of recording, selling and purchasing music, didn’t even exist two centuries ago–is dynamic enough that Chirs Ruen’s suggested policies at the end of Freeloading will be irrelevant in five, or certainly ten, years. Chris himself guesses this might be the case. With that in […]

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In Chris book, there is a quote from David Carr, “Five years ago,almost no one paid for music online and now, nine billion or so songs sold later, we know that people are willing to pay if the price is right and the convenience is there.” And related to the coming copyright discussion we are […]

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In David Byrne’s piece we read today, he quotes Patrick Carney of Black Keys who asked“How do you make the transition from ‘I’ll give away anything to get noticed’ to ‘Sorry, now you have to pay for my music’?  This is an essential question; even if streaming services like Spotify are effective for getting artists […]

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Qs to Greg

1. How do you think about the touring, are musicians making the most of money? What’s usually the percentage they get form the ticketing? Small venue and large concerts? What do you think could be improved to increase musicians’ revenue? 2. Is ticketing fee reasonable(up to $10 for each on ticketmaster.com)? Who is deciding the […]

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1. Your closing paragraph for “Ripped” is pretty optimistic about the open and free future of the music industry – have you been in any way disillusioned about those optimistic thoughts given recent developments in the industry – or the lack thereof? 2. As far as you are aware, how are artists responding to the current […]

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thoughts on Ripped

After reading Greg Kot’s book Ripped, I have a more clear understanding of what is going on in the 21st Century music industry and how technologies, especially the Internet, have played an important role in stirring the old, long-term established mechanism in the music industry. In actuality, I would like to take this thought further […]

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-Does the reduced role (if that’s safe to say) of the gatekeepers in the music industry lead to a quicker evolution of new “genres” (or to a less extreme extent, new trends)? -Are the days of radio-dictated pop trends going to come to an end? -Do you have personal musical aspirations?

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