p2pnet news | Music:- These days, Napster and Kazaa are, to all intents and purposes, Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG product distribution vehicles.
Kazaa has always been dodgy. It was one of the original, and primary, sources of spyware, and it’s implicated in many, of not most, RIAA file sharing cases.
Sharman Networks, the Australian company behind it, had always wanted to get into bed with the corporate music industry, finally succeeding at a cost of $115 million by way of a ‘settlement’.
Napster, now a corporate product, was once where it was at when it came to online music and now, “artist managers are girding for battle with their music overlords over when their clients are going to see some of the dough negotiated last year in copyright-infringement settlements with a host of Web sites,” says the New York Post, going on:
“Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI – either collectively or individually – settled claims with Napster, Kazaa and Bolt.com. Napster alone had to cough up $270 million.
“The fourth major label, SonyBMG, was not part of the suit because Napster was owned by BMG parent company Bertelsmann. All four struck separate deals with YouTube that included revenue participation.”
But, “A contingent of prominent artist managers claims that little to none of that money has trickled down to their clients,” so they’re talking legal action.
Corporate bosses are, “still deciding on how best to split the money,” says the New York Post.
That should of course, read, “still deciding on how best not to split the money”.
Not every artist is owed, “and it must be calculated with regard to the level of copyright infringement for each artist,” they say, according to the story, which adds, “What’s more, these sources said that after the labels recouped their legal expenses, there wasn’t much left to pass along to the artists.”
Trying to get fair treatment out of the labels is like trying to deal with an insurance company.
Stall, stall, stall.
Don’t bother to stay tuned.
New York Post – Artists say they want their music dough, February 24, 2008
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