Despite collecting an estimated several hundred million dollars in P2P related settlements from the likes of Napster, KaZaA and Bolt, prominent artists’ managers are complaining that so far, they haven’t received any compensation from the labels. According to a lawyer, some are considering legal action.
Despite protests from the band All Shall Perish, the identities of 80 alleged file-sharers of their music are set to be handed over to a Panama-based copyright troll. The manager of the band says he is shocked and angry that the troll had obtained the rights to All Shall Perish’s music and has ordered the band’s German-based label to call off the dogs. “The band, their attorney and myself have and will continue to take any steps to protect fans, yes, even those who file trade,” he told us.
And there are so many more.Anti-piracy group BREIN is caught up in a huge copyright scandal in the Netherlands. A musician who composed a track for use at a local film festival later found it being used without permission in an anti-piracy campaign. He is now claiming at least a million euros for the unauthorized distribution of his work on DVDs. To make matters even worse, a board member of a royalty collection agency offered to help the composer to recoup the money, but only if he received 33% of the loot.
The problem is that the current system is not 'protecting' artists. Industry lobbyists are fining people (mostly through threats and not evidence) and then keeping the money.
Which part of this exactly is protecting the artists? and what is this protection giving them? More money?
There is your problem - the industry is broken by corrupt people who use the laws they have lobbied for for personal gain. $0.09 from a $0.99 sale on iTunes? Come on....
I'm not claiming it makes it any less right - I'm simply pointing out that the wrong thing is being targeted.