Originally Posted by unitymusic
I don't really read those blogs so I'm unfamiliar with how the comments go.
As far as average working musicians, all of the ones I know are not "having their voices heard" because in the real world piracy is just not as big of a problem for the little guy as it is portrayed to be here on this website and elsewhere on the internet. I'm not saying it's not a problem at all, but it is just not worth dedicating all of your time to.
The average musician is more concerned about writing a good song, or getting people out to a show, or just getting a good recording of a song, or finishing a new album...
Now if you are talking about musicians who have a team working for them, have label support, etc.. it is a little different. You have overhead, and salaries to pay; piracy becomes more of a concern. Those people do not represent the average working musician though. The average working musician is just doing whatever they can, and at the end of the day there are more important things to worry about than if someone has listened to your song without paying for it.
but what you are saying is that the average musician is not a professional full time musician? artists rights are important for all artists, but yes, they're more important for professional musicians and those who aspire to be.
many times these threads are derailed by hobbyists, and being a hobbyist is fine, but the issues take on different dimensions when the conversation is in the context of professionals and those who aspire to careers in the creative arts and not just content to be part time hobbyists. In the extreme, these are the "Freehadists."
I believe Artists Rights are an issue for the average working musician who is part of the recording industry ecosystem because the earnings from recorded music is how other aspects of the artists career is financed be it DIY, Indie or with a Major Label. Removing the revenue from recorded music disrupts the entire ecosystem for artists to make a professional living. Of course there are exceptions to this, but exceptions are just that.
The idea here is that there is a real level playing field where artists are empowered with more choices for their career path. Removing revenue from recorded music removes choices. I would put forth that many of the DIY and Indie artists struggling would be far more empowered with their rights protected and the ability to earn their fair share from recorded music revenue instead of all that money going to the tech companies who are ripping the artists off.
Unfortunately an entire generation of artists have come of age, literally not knowing what they are missing, having not been around in the 90s when artists at all points on the food chain were making more money.
The only people doing better now than in the 90s are the hobbyists who may make a few hundred bucks a year (as per tunecore stats), and the tech companies who are making billions from the illegal exploitation of artists work.