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 […]
Good conversation about netlabels down in the comments on this blog entry by Andrew Dubber.
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 […]
I can’t tell you who the major netlabel musicians are. I can’t even tell whether there exist musicians with broad name recognition. But I can tell you a few of the major netlabels: Thinner, 8bitpeoples, and Monotonik. Which is to say that the labels are the points of focus in that world.
I’ll do a shorty talk at the Creative Commons salon in Silverlake, in LA, tonight. My topic is going to be the role of permissive licensing in the business of internet music. I’ll lay out a map of the industry as a whole and situate copyleft within it. Flavorpill describes the event this way: Creative […]
The other day I emailed a netlabel to ask if I could rehost their album art. They didn’t have a version of it online for me to include using a direct link, and it wasn’t under a permissive license that would permit me to redistribute it. Then yesterday I emailed a fellow who had put […]
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 […]
After I thought more about RCRD LBL‘s economics, I came to a couple conclusions. I don’t think they’re selling their spots at the listed rates. I think the ads they are selling might be part of package deals with other sites that I don’t know about, because they can’t deliver enough traffic for major brands […]
Crosbie Fitch’s thoughts on what’s a label anyway: What I think we’re seeing is a market inversion, that we’re currently bang smack in the midst of. When this inversion is complete, instead of a label acting as an artist’s promotional agent maximising the sale of their music to their audience, we’ll have an audience’s discoveral […]
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 […]