future of publishers as potential future of labels

Richard Nash on the future of publishing In my next venture, how would I reconcile the traditional author-agent-publisher-printer-warehouse-wholesaler-retailer-reader supply chain with the potential power of the Internet as a platform? I say “as a platform” to distinguish from how most publishers currently use the Internet—mostly as a logistics and marketing tool. Working with my friend […]

postapocalyptic visions of the record industry

From the comments on sue em all not good for labels, here’s Greg on the prospects for the music industry: It’s kind of like Dr. Bloodmoney or one of the other good Phil Dick post-apocalyptic novels: most of civilization may have been destroyed, but some industrious tinkerer out there can probably put together a wood-burning […]

“Sue em all” Awesome

Techies frequently rag on the RIAA “sue em all” campaign, saying that it hasn’t worked and never will. They’re wrong. As an example of someone saying Sue Em All is not working, this sober analysis by professional economists describes the situation this way: A catch-all phrase covering letter writing, bandwidth throttling and legal action against […]

the mo bettah label

Ok, so, this might seem like a basic question but what is a label anyway? Ian thinks it’s a music service organization oriented towards market niches: With the disappearance of advantaged label competencies such as superior production, distribution, and marketing, reconfigure your labels to be based around affinities and focused narrowly enough to serve roughly […]