August 08

A long but worthwhile read full of a lot of food for thought.

Some of it is progressive and illuminating, some of it is infuriatingly regressive and a bit like East Germans pining for the good old days, but in the main, a far more resoned and researched view of where we are at the moment.
The most glaring omission is any view of how to solve things other than with a time machine.

The Trichordist

By David Lowery

(Copyright in the author, used by permission)

What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit.  I realize that I’m about to alienate some of my friends that work on the tech side of the music business.  These are good well intentioned people who genuinely want to help musicians succeed in the new digital paradigm. But if we are gonna come up with a system to compensate artists fairly in the new digital age we need an honest discussion of what is going on.  The tech side of the music business really needs to look at how their actions and policies negatively impact artists,  just as they have pointed out the negative effect record company actions have had on artists.

Too often the debate has been  pirates vs the RIAA.  This is ridiculous because the artists, the 99 percent…

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