I can't believe I'm even saying this, but here goes: If you'd like to read an interesting commentary by a recording artist on music piracy in the age of Napster, take a look at this article by Courtney Love.
Yeah, I know what you're gonna say. "Put the crack pipe down and back away slowly." But it really is a pretty good read, if a little long (apparently it's a transcript of a speech, so I'll forgive her the length issue). She quotes some typical dollar figures that a newly signed band can expect to be presented with, and they aren't pretty. Are they accurate? I have no idea, but I know that she'd have a better idea than nearly anyone else out there.
The basic point of her speech is that Napster isn't really screwing the majority of artists, it's screwing the people who have already screwed the artists; the record companies are the real pirates. Among other things, she brings up some recent changes in copyright law that the RIAA has managed to get pushed through, and builds a convincing case. Again, I'm surprised to be saying this, but go read Courtney Love's article.
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