Saluting with misty eyes
I know I am probably taking the minority view, however, I have to agree in part with their actions.
As a musician, myself, with CD's on the market, and having been signed to a couple of deals over the last 20 years, I know how much money the musicians DON'T make on the CD's. Very often (actually, in most cases) the artist LOSES money on the CD's unless htey sell in excess of 1,000,000 copies, and even then, it is very possible that the band/artist will end up owing the record company money.
The typical deal gives the artist 15% of cassette sales... they get a commission on THEIR music. Out of that 15%, they have to pay for free CD's and cassettes that the company gives away for promotional purposes. For the CD's, the industry usually provides for 75% of standard (in otherwords, about 11% of sales). Plus the band/artist has to pay for the packaging of their CD. If the band gets tour support, then that has to come out of the CD money before they cna make any money... as does the promotional money that the record company spends...
Out of whatever is left, the band has to pay the company back for studio time, and the producer. The record company is also required to pay the musicians for their time in the studio... THAT money has to be paid back. Then the band has to pay their management and publicists, and legal beagles, and any number of hangers on...
To put this into "real" numbers, if an album goes platinum (1 million sold) then the band- as a whole-makes just over $1 million. By the time everything is paid for, weach member of a 5 person band makes just under $35,000. To put it more plainly, the GooGoo Dolls sold over 2,000,000 copies of their album Dizzy Up The Girl, and still owed Warner over $250,000 at the end of the tour.
Now, when you see it in plain figures, doesn't it make sense that when you get the music through an un-paid source, you are actually taking money away from the artist??
One last bit...
In the 70's when Ted Nugent went into the public and wailed on the people that were selling t-shirts and not paying him, the public was for him... It was his face, name, and art, he should get paid... however, now-a-days, people complain that these "rich" rock stars are being babies and that they should give their music freely... My last CD sold about 7,000 copies... And my band barely made $2,000.. and we did it ourselves. Now put us into the scenario I outlined earlier.
Just my thoughts, though.
We are all equal but we’re individually different
and able to reach the impossible if we try.