Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Sep 2010 10:25 UTC
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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RE[2]: Question
by macUser on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Question"
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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[3]: Question
by David on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Question"
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1997-10-01

Cory Doctorow sells books that are also available free via a CC license, but people buy the books anyway. Maybe he's too famous now to count, but I think he's always given his stories away but sold the bound versions, so there's an example of a novelist who managed to make it work.

Unfortunately, I think you also have to be a prominent blogger and really promote your books and engender goodwill and a personal connection with the potential readership. Doctorow feels pretty strongly that if all else were the same and he didn't CC his stories, he wouldn't be more successful or rich than he is now, because the main enemy of any writer, just like musician, isn't being ripped off by filesharers, but being ignored by everybody.

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RE[3]: Question
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 8th Sep 2010 14:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Question"
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2006-09-01

Band Tries to Make It Big Without Going Broke
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6885355

Above is an interview with the Dresden Dolls talking about being a band and making money. CC artist or not, the reality of being a musician is the same.

How an Indie Musician can make $19,000 in 10 hours using Twitter
http://mikeking.berkleemusicblogs.com/2009/06/23/how-an-indie-music...

And another which touches on the same subject.

With music it's about publicity and exposure, just like selling any other product.

With writers and visual artists it's, once again, publicity and exposure. Webcomic artists make money off of selling merch, commissions, etc. Jeph Jacques, Randy Milholland, Chris Onstad, Jerry Holkins, and Mike Krahulik, plus others I'm sure, make a living off of their product.

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