One obvious response to the challenge the Internet is posing to traditional music industry revenue models is for artists to try to disintermediate the record labels whose comparative advantages in distribution and promotion are less relevant in the contemporary world.
Metric, an alternative band from Toronto, finally got several offers from the big record companies. But the band declined to sign after concluding that the labels were asking for too many rights and not offering enough in return.
With help from a grant from the Canadian government, the band cut its own album in April, “Fantasies,” and started selling it directly to fans on services like iTunes, where it has scaled the popularity charts.
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A message the Pirate Party needs to get across is we want bands to be successful, we just don’t want the repressive apparatus of the IFPI/RIAA copyright-industrial complex, with its repressive laws banning freedom on the internet.