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Multimedia, AV Every so often we publish here at OSNews articles about copyright, about the war of the "old media" establishment against everyone else. Many, myself included, have argued that the way to get out of this mess -- short of changing the law -- is to have more artists release their work under a Creative Commons license. However, after a few years it became obvious to me that CC would never be able to change the industry all by itself. Offering a Free license, and having 30,000 albums released under it, was still not enough. Until the Summer of 2009, that is. Update: Added audio samples.
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by macUser on Tue 7th Sep 2010 17:34 UTC
macUser
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How do the artists make money using a CC license if their work is available for free? By performing?

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RE: Question
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 7th Sep 2010 18:28 in reply to "Question"
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2006-09-01

Yes, by performing and selling merchandise.

Most artists don't make money off of CDs. It's a well kept secret that bands only get a fraction of the cost of a CD, like 1%, maybe, and even then the labels have back list of items the bands owes them for, so a band could sell millions of albums and still not see a royalty cheque.

If you really want to help a band, buy a ticket, buy a t-shirt, wear the t-shirt.

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by David on Tue 7th Sep 2010 18:36 in reply to "RE: Question"
David Member since:
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I saw three great bands perform last night: Crooked Still, Sara Watkins, and Ryan Bingham. (I'd highly recommend that you check them out) I made a point of buying CDs at the show, and as I pointed out to my wife at the time, I do that because I know that they'll get all the money, instead of some measly percentage (or none).

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RE[2]: Question
by macUser on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:09 in reply to "RE: Question"
macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

Yes, by performing and selling merchandise.

Most artists don't make money off of CDs. It's a well kept secret that bands only get a fraction of the cost of a CD, like 1%, maybe, and even then the labels have back list of items the bands owes them for, so a band could sell millions of albums and still not see a royalty cheque.

If you really want to help a band, buy a ticket, buy a t-shirt, wear the t-shirt.


Are there examples of up and coming artists who have done this successfully? Not established acts like Nine Inch Nails?

Also, how would this work for a writer or say a visual artist?

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RE[2]: Question
by nt_jerkface on Tue 7th Sep 2010 23:20 in reply to "RE: Question"
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