Frictionless sharing

I just read this paper on frictionless sharing and I like to comment on something written inthr paper. Quoting is not allowed without permission do I just rephrase it, but the whole idea goes back to what I wrote a couple of month ago

Basically the part I’m talking about deals with recommendations: in the case of a little restaurant I like, recommending it to friends may help to keep the restaurant in business longer.

This is the argument used by most people in favor of filesharing and unlicensed distribution of music. But as you can clearly see: sharing a recommendation is all fine and dandy if you encourage your friends to support the act/artist/musician/producer as is the case with a restaurant. But sharing the actual work will have the opposite effect: less people will buy the music and the act/artist/musician/producer will go out of business.

And an industry that has been reduced by roughly 65% in the span of 12 years (meaning, we lost 3 major labels and now are left with two and also lost many many independent companies) is proof that something is broken in a medium that means so much to people and that helps young people to define who they are. It saddens me to have to argue with people (even colleagues) about business models, legality and such instead of just sharing a recommendation to a good piece of music.

YouTube and Music Publishers Reach Ad Accord – NYTimes.com

So contrary to what all the freeloaders were screaming across the internet, it took quite a while for YouTube in the US to finally also reach an agreement there.

There’s hope after all that Google may start recognizing copyright instead of just mooching off of the traffic created by all the creative people out there.

YouTube and Music Publishers Reach Ad Accord – NYTimes.com.

Article backup

Fear Not, Unemployed Girl Kittens Sticking It To The Man! The Internet Community Has Your Back

Finally, somebody makes real sense of the inner workings of the internet, interest groups and public opinion on the internet.

I long had this feeling but being the composer and not the journalist, I just couldn’t find the form, format or words and I thank Paul Carr for writing it:

Fear Not, Unemployed Girl Kittens Sticking It To The Man! The Internet Community Has Your Back | TechCrunch.

A bleak outlook

Someone left the following comment on this article that sounds a little too much like a conspiracy and would be Apples certain death.

The article:

http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/23162-apples-icloud-could-be-the-biggest-copyright-trap-in-history

The comment:

Beware the (i)Cloud!

Give it a few years and the cpu will be abolished …all that will be in your box-o-tricks is a gpu to process the image. All the software from your OS, spreadsheet/word type and games will be in the cloud and you will be paying THEM to use it …upfront and monthly. Your information will become their information and you will be paying monthly to rent it back. No connection? Not paid your subscription? Tough…adios! You’ve ceased to exsist mate! More to the point, without payment and/or the squeaky clean credit certified means to pay ….you won’t ever have exsisted!

On looking back

I read this in an article about journalism but it applies just as well to music, film and any other media whose business model is severly threatened by the internet:

The only way to find the future is to experiment, and negativity is not productive. If you don’t have the answer yourself, you are free to take your pessimism, hush it, and go sit with the folks in the corner sobbing over their VHS tapes and broken records. To entrepreneurs, I say: More power to you!