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On 02/05/2012 14:10, Martijn Grooten wrote:
On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM, Julian Hall wrote:http://blog.collins.net.pr/2006/05/cd-costs-breakdown.html OK this is 2006 but I'd bet it hasn't changed that much in the last six years. Classic example of someone breaking the mould was Prince releasing his last couple of albums as newspaper inserts. I wouldn't mind betting he got a bigger payout from that than he would have from sales through a record company.It always surprises me how people are shocked by this.
I didn't say I was shocked :)
With a can of tomatoes the retailer and consumer can buy a pretty much identical product from many different sources. A record company can't get, for example, a new Rihanna album from anyone except Rihanna.I think you can make similar calculations for, say, a can of tomatoes. Only a small part of goes to the farmer selling the tomatoes. That's just how economy -- which includes distribution and retailing as much as it does production -- works.
That's the difference in the case of the music industry. People like the BPI are claiming that piracy is robbing the *artists* of their revenue, while everyone knows it's the big music publishers like Sony etc who are losing the most because they take the most. If the companies gave the artists - without whom they'd have zero income - a reasonable percentage I think more people would be sympathetic to their argument. Remember the artists can survive without the publishers - the example I quoted earlier of Prince - but the promoters cannot survive without the artists and it's about time they realised that IMHO.
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