Kevin Spacey On Stopping Piracy: Give The Fans What They Want - hypebot

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A-J Charron

Although Spacey isn't wrong, the thing is that Netflixx offers hundreds of TV Series and films and makes its money off of all of them. If they were to finance House of Cards from the revenue they get exclusively out of people watching it on Netflixx, they would've gone under incredibly fast.

For an artist who has one, two, three albums, this model is not applicable. It could only work for a company selling hundreds of records. Sort of like what Spotify does. Spotify makes money out of it, but the individual artists don't.

Therefore, applying this model to music is the best way to ensure artists make no money and stop making music altogether.

If Mercedes sold five cars a year, for a couple of thousand dollars each, they would stop making cars. And if they didn't, it would take them 20 years to come up with new designs and technologies and the cars would never be great.

So if we don't get paid enough for our music, it's the same deal.

I completely understand that people want a lot for their money, but writing music, arranging it, recording it, mixing and mastering it, making it available should be worth more than a few pennies. Sites like Spotify don't even bring in enough money to pay for my website.

Give the people what they want, sure, but the people also need to understand that quality comes at a price.

FlocoTorres

As a fan of "House Of Cards" (& I watched this series in that sort of Binge sitting he spoke of), I think the heart of his comments are in the right place. I found out about the show from Facebook recommendations. It may just be a case by case situation. Musicians can't exactly put all their eggs in one basket (especially independent musicians) but giving "some" of what the people want may work. (Until the brand reaches a certain level to be more flexible?)

Bruce Houghton

Spacey is not advocating giving content away, but rather distributing it the way people want (streaming all episodes available at once) and at a reasonable price. In those ways Spotify is just like Netflix.

Individual artists have options too, like artist subscriptions: 'give me $20 a year anD instead of one album I'll give a steady stream of new musiC, private access, discounts to shows and merch, etc.

This is not the only model, but its is an option for some.

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