Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 22:38 UTC
Internet & Networking Yesterday, it was revealed GoDaddy actively supported SOPA - to the point of arrogance and dedain towards those opposing the US censorship law. As a result, a boycott was instated on reddit, which was picked up all over the web. Today, the company rescinded its support for SOPA - but for some high-profile clients, it's too late. Behold, the power of the internet.
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RE: 'Getting it right'
by panzi on Sat 24th Dec 2011 03:44 UTC in reply to "'Getting it right'"
panzi
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2006-01-22

... how are you going to get people to pay for your content if they can get it for free? ...


E.g. the german podcaster Tim Pritlove gives away all of his podcasts for free and can actually make a living just from flattr donations. So this argument is invalid.

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RE[2]: 'Getting it right'
by WorknMan on Sat 24th Dec 2011 03:53 in reply to "RE: 'Getting it right'"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

E.g. the german podcaster Tim Pritlove gives away all of his podcasts for free and can actually make a living just from flattr donations. So this argument is invalid.


It wasn't an argument... it was a question ;) Not everybody is going to be able to make a living this way, especially when it becomes commonplace. When everybody is giving their shit away and begging for donations, we'll see how many people will actually donate.

I think the only way to have a sustainable business model going forward is through subscription services. Well, they'll actually be more like digital lockers, where you could download as much as you want and keep it, but you wouldn't want to. In other words, why should I have to worry about keeping track of 20gb of music from device to device, when I can just pay somebody to host it for me. The more artists get played, the more money they make. In this instance, there will be a huge market for 'discovery' services. Hence, the automobile replaces the horse & buggy industry ;)

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RE[3]: 'Getting it right'
by zima on Fri 30th Dec 2011 23:59 in reply to "RE[2]: 'Getting it right'"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

subscription services. [...] The more artists get played, the more money they make. In this instance, there will be a huge market for 'discovery' services. Hence, the automobile replaces the horse & buggy industry ;)

That's basically what Spotify (together with Last.fm, and such*) already is... still firmly under the control of big labels, people hardly listening to ~indies, artists getting pennies.

(*at least those can recommend not only music itself but also live performances - which often are a better deal for the artists; Last.fm certainly does it, there's also at least one dedicated to this ~"music social network" which name escaped me at the moment, also UK-based)

Edited 2011-12-31 00:18 UTC

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RE[2]: 'Getting it right'
by zima on Fri 30th Dec 2011 23:43 in reply to "RE: 'Getting it right'"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

E.g. the german podcaster Tim Pritlove gives away all of his podcasts for free and can actually make a living just from flattr donations. So this argument is invalid.

Using singular examples of some rare poster-child like they somehow nullify the dilemma, treating them as able of putting such issues to rest, THAT is "invalid" - at the very least, it's limited to those who cater to web-regulars willing & able to easily donate. Or - quite a few such poster-children ride on already established ~fame, and the web is ridiculously whimsical in what it chooses to promote ...one shouldn't expect much, only hoping for an unlikely nice "prize" - just like it always was.

(not like I think there really is any sort of solution; IMHO it will largely continue being "rare big stars in the spotlight" vs. "tons of struggling unknown acts with day jobs" - that's what people seem to ultimately choose, check out top Youtube videos or TPB torrents if you have any doubt)

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