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I am sure everyone has heard about file sharing. Though most of us don't really think about the impact it has. When we file share the work of our favorite artists, their earning a living as a musician becomes that much more difficult and the ripple effects of this practice is widespread. We fail to see the long term reality: sharing files denies the artist of the income he or she needs to live, the artist can no longer produce the very thing we love about them, their music. In the long term, the consequences of this practice can lead to the absence of future creative opportunities for everyone. Jobs in the music industry are gradually diminishing and musicians can no longer make a living solely producing music. We, the people, need to nurture a culture that believes in the value of art, of all kinds. I find too many young people today share the values that music should be free, "Why should I buy it when I can get it for free"? Completely without remorse.
Unfortunately, most people are completely unaware of how much time and financial investment goes into producing a single song. Assuming of course, one possesses the talent to start with and has also paid the dues practicing their craft. It becomes an ridiculous amount of hours, divided into 99 cents per MP3, if one can get that. Oh, don't forget the $0.0001143 we earn per spin on streaming websites.
I agree and understand it is vastly different market today. I would like to see a bit more honesty, and fairness in the way of compensation to the "Starving Artists". (hey,I didn't coin the phrase)
Let's hear your support pro or con. I find the topic extremely important to the future of music in the world. Can someone explain to me why copyright can't be better controlled? Phones these days are capable of transferring entire play lists. Why can't the phone receiving the music be billed and the artists get their 2 cents per tune?
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By design, as a music artist and musician, I have painted myself into a corner as a soloist.