Knock People Off The Internet for File Sharing Law is Brewing

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Over the last few days there has been a huge debate brewing about the music industry opposing the new law of file sharing getting cut off by cable providers. After reading about folks who download music and share it on the Internet could potentially be prosecuted than the music industry is considering dropping the fight they started. Damn you would think that after revealing to the world your entire life story, your body and voice that you would at least be able to get $5 per record sold. You better be a pretty damn good singer and have other talents to offset the dry days because based on the information out there about file sharing being a singer like Lily Allen is a hard life for the beginner.

Courtney Love shed some like on music contracts about ten years ago when she said that napster was not the shark but the music industry was the big whale. A few days ago Lily Allen gave her opinion about file sharing and what it is doing to her bank account and other singers trying to make a couple of millions. In her blog entry she stated:

“You don’t start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your arse off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and as the artist, you have to pay for them. I’ve only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I’m lucky that I’ve been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone’s so lucky. “


A few European indie labels associated with the Germany-based trade association VUT decided to set the record straight and tell file sharers that they’re actually paying their artists. From VUT’s press release:

“An artist signed with an independent label typically makes between 1.90 and 2.60 Euros per album sold for 15 Euros.”

Artists get 19 Cents per 0.99 Euro digital download, according to VUT, and even more if they’re also the composer of the song.

VUT CEO Eva Kiltz commented on these numbers this way:

“People getting their music for free should be aware that musicians and labels won’t be able to produce any new music without returns from the sale of recorded music.”

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