Years ago, there were a lot of ice factories, when fridges became popular those factories ran out of business. They didn't tried to forbid fridges.(or if they tried, they were ignored)
Years ago, when movies were silent films, there used to be a small orchestra in every cinema, when talking films appeared, all those musicians become unemployed. They didn't tried to forbid talking films. (or if they tried, they were ignored)
The distribution of music is not a business anymore? so what?.
There are two players in this business: The record company and the artist.
Record companies are advertising and financial companies. They bet their money on an artist, pay the advertising campaign, print copies, deliver them and in exchange they want a high percentage of each copy sold. They sell advertising to artists and get paid by final users selling copies.
They used to get their revenues from users, but now everybody can "print" a copy in his own home copy, and because of Internet, delivering a copy is not needed anymore. We, users, can get for free the services that record companies used to sell, we don't need record companies any more. So, now where do record companies get their revenues from?
I don't care. Record companies don't feel sorry for CD factories, or for vinyl factories. I don't feel sorry for record companies. But contrary to Ice companies and silent film musicians they are succeeding in forbidding "home copies".
On the other hand there is the artist, the author. How are they touched by free digital copies?
- In a direct way, like companies, they don't get royalties from sold copies.
- In a indirect way. If record companies disappear: First, they have none to sell their copies. Second, and more important, they don't get advertising services.
In fact, most authors earn their living from live shows, royalties are just a extra. Most authors only want the advertising service from disc companies, and most authors hate them. Just a small percentage get big money form selling discs. So what? I really don't care if Mr. Jackson can't build Neverland, or Julio Iglesias can't buy a new Jet, or Madonna can't spend xxx millions in his next house in Miami.
Authors won't disappear (Authors existed before records), but they won't earn millions any more. They will have problems in getting popular without companies that pay advertising. Will we miss some good authors because of the lack of advertising?. Perhaps, as we are missing good classic music players and authors because they don't get advertising. On the other hand, nowadays many good new authors are buried with old hits re-printed, re-versioned, re-re-released, or even by crap that only survives because we are flooded with advertising.
Before photography, there were a lot of good and bad portray painters, a lot of middle class houses (and every high class family) had portrays of his members and some ancients. Nowadays, very little houses have painted portrays. The portray painting has almost disappeared, and portray authors are not paid millions anymore.
History will say that there was an epoch were a few authors earned millions because the music had to be copied and sent with trucks everywhere. And there were something called "record companies" that earned billions. That is what history will say, unless they succeed in forbidding home copies.
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