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I think Bragg is right on with that last paragraph. Unauthorized file sharing is in many ways the consumer simply showing the music industry the way he wants to get his music. That doesn't mean illegal behavior should be excused, but it does provide us better information than any consumer voice survey could hope to gather. So let's use it to our advantage.

The traditional arm of the music industry has proven it's not willing to partner with these services, so that leaves innovation. If you're not willing to join them you have to beat them. I still think the former would be the more prudent option, however.

Justin Boland

The statement that we produced is the first real sign that artists are ready and willing to become involved in the debate about the shape of the new digital music industry.

Has he kept his eyes closed a lot in the past 7 years?


This is very interesting...there are really 2 artist camps in this debate and each has a plight that has almost nothing in common with the other. In one hand are the artists who have their revenue streams controlled by multinationals and the other are independent artists making their own way...neither thinks they will see sustainability if they change sides.

One of the models is dying because it is too top heavy with executives who bring nothing to the table while the other is beginning to thrive.

I say go indie, go small, go sustainable, go future, go free or donate....and avoid physical product unless it's wax.

brendan b brown


I agree with Bragg. It's destructive to try to shut down people who are trading music amongst themselves. Trading is how people get turned on to new music, and has helped spawn lucrative careers for many artists. The "enemy", or the "competition" if you will, are the file sharing sites. It's just good business to offer a better experience than the competition. That goes for any industry out there. And now especially the music industry.

Sam K

Excellant statement from Bragg.

What he says in the last sentance is what I've been saying for years.


I'm very puzzled by this FAC statement

How does it make sense to reduce an offender's bandwidth, then ask him/her to turn to legal offers ? Once I don't have the bandwidth to download anymore, I won't, be it legal or not.

Bragg's position makes much more sense IMHO


hey wheatus, PROVE to me (with numbers) that indies "are beginning to thrive." to be brutally honest, i'm tired of reading people saying things without proof. on BOTH sides of this "debate."


btw, here's something that should get more notice: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=62653487&blogId=485944356

the money quote for me was this: "Anyway - please be careful, or we'll get the world we all deserve.
Hobby bands who can tour once every few years if they're lucky, and
the superstars, freed from such inconvenient baggage as integrity and
conscience, running the corporate sponsored marathon of £80-a-ticket
arena tours and television adverts til their loveless hearts explode
in an orgy of oppressive branding and self-regard. Some of us, in all
honestly, just want to make the music we love and play it around the
world without living in poverty."

let the hating begin...

Sam K

When you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you need to stop worring about pirates and adjust your sails.


He must have meant 'important artists.'


I sat here for 20 minutes and drafted 4 different responses to Kassin on things like proof and leaks and then I had this epiphany...I don't want Kassin or anyone with a similar mindset to know anything about me or my music.


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