What would you do as an artists to stop music piracy ?

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#1 Posted by Hydrolex (1418 posts) -

If you were in the entertainment industry, what would you do to stop the music piracy ?

#2 Posted by Master_Live (12281 posts) -

What would you do OP?

#3 Posted by StrifeDelivery (1130 posts) -

Not much you can do really. If you are a bigger-named artist, you could try to see what countries are showing high piracy for your music and do more tours there to tap into the market. If you are a small artist? That's a tough question.

#4 Edited by Hydrolex (1418 posts) -

If I throw a concert, I would give people who bought my album a discount. Just show the receipt at the door and get %30 off of the ticket sale. Just an example

#5 Edited by br0kenrabbit (12243 posts) -

With very few exceptions, artists typically don't make that much from album sales anyway. If I were an artist, I'd give my music away for free and rely on selling branded goods (online and at concert venues) and concerts. After all, the more people who listen to your music everyday, the more people will likely buy your goods and show up for concerts.

Another option is selling behind-the-scenes passes that would allow the viewer to watch practice sessions, studio sessions, live concert events and private performances (a la Radioheads From the Basement).

#6 Posted by ShepardCommandr (1514 posts) -

Nothing.You can't stop piracy.

#7 Posted by Masculus (2712 posts) -

Use lobbying power to bully and sue responsible and innocent people alike.

#8 Posted by Horgen (109468 posts) -

Put it on pirating sites for DL, however include a virus in it which will report the location of said PC which DL the albums I put out, then send them a bill in the mail... f they don't pay then I sue for several billions since that seems to be the normal thing to do. :P

#9 Edited by MrGeezer (55678 posts) -

@Hydrolex said:

If you were in the entertainment industry, what would you do to stop the music piracy ?

Nothing, since you can't stop piracy.

#10 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20295 posts) -

@MrGeezer: pretty much, but you can hurt your goodwill by trying.

#11 Posted by girlshavefuntoo (97 posts) -

Make my music free.

#12 Posted by Serraph105 (27221 posts) -

Probably nothing tbh. Heck I would probably encourage it since you can't really stop it. I'd be psyched so many people love my work. Beyond that I'd sell merchandise at my concerts and try to get rich off the ticket sales.

#13 Edited by Aljosa23 (23611 posts) -

You can't "stop" piracy but you can give people an incentive to buy your album over downloading. Some video game companies like Atlus give bonuses like extra content, artbooks, soundtracks, etc. for retail versions to entice people to buying their game. If artists find a way to do that they can make a decent amount of change they would not otherwise get. Another good way is to make a pay what you want model. People like Radiohead and even Louis CK used this and made some money. Getting $1 is still better than getting done.

#14 Posted by Shmiity (4829 posts) -

I am in the entertainment industry. Here are the facts: An mp3 file of a song is absolutely worthless. It's worth somewhere between 0-.69 cents. The business has changed. Mostly because the law is behind the technology, as usual. It's hard to make money off recorded music because its so easily attainable through very basic means. Almost everyone can download 5 megabtyes from almost anywhere. All the money in music is in music publishing and live performance.

#15 Posted by -ParaNormaN- (416 posts) -

If I were an artist struggling with piracy, I would take a mic at every live concert, ask everyone to pull out their cell phones and set them to record, say "This is in dedication to all the pirates at hard work behind their desks everyday." Then I would pull my pants down, aim it at the crowd, then let out a huge fart... Maybe even shart a little and flip the cameras off before starting the concert. Maybe I'd change it up a bit and pull out my weiner and do a helicopter for 2 minutes instead of farting. If Rage Against The Machine can get away with standing on a stage for 2 hours completely naked without playing any music, then I'm sure that what I would do is small time in comparison.

#16 Posted by Trender_man (126 posts) -

depends ,if I'm rich enough i wouldn't care

#17 Edited by KHAndAnime (12715 posts) -

I would do nothing. Piracy spreads music and encourages more people to listen to it.. More people hear my music, and then come to my concerts, and spend money on my merchandise and personally pressed CDs. Artists make little profits from CD sales compared to merchandise and touring.

#18 Posted by Netret0120 (1521 posts) -
#19 Posted by Lance2500 (626 posts) -

It can't be stopped.

#20 Edited by GoogleAndroid (123 posts) -

Promote/support services like Spotify. It will never be stopped, but they will certainly help cut down.

#21 Edited by comp_atkins (30763 posts) -

make really crappy music

#22 Edited by lamprey263 (21022 posts) -

You can't stop piracy, so instead you go on a concert tour.

#23 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2219 posts) -

Anybody going through a big label gets less than a dollar per album. I doubt the artists themselves care. They make all their money on tours, merchandise, and endorsements.

#24 Posted by the_bi99man (10916 posts) -

Absolutely nothing. Doing anything at all would just be wasted effort on a lost cause that doesn't actually matter in the first place. And that's effort that should be put toward whatever new music you're working on.

The artists themselves aren't being hurt by piracy. Record labels are being hurt by piracy. And they deserve it.

#25 Posted by bowchicka07 (756 posts) -

Establish a true fan base without getting famous.

#26 Posted by LittleMac19 (1521 posts) -

Taking a time machine far enough back to where music couldn't be pirated is the only possible way

#27 Posted by ferrari2001 (16284 posts) -

Nothing because if I were a successful artist I would have millions of dollars already, and by letting people pirate my music I would ensure that more people could enjoy the art that I had created.

#28 Edited by destinhpark (4700 posts) -

I wouldn't. Let them listen and if they like it and want to support it then they have the option to buy it. Radiohead gets the idea.

#29 Edited by wis3boi (30269 posts) -

The smart thing is to no try anything. Make a quality product and people will buy. Put on great concerts and make neat merchandise...you make more doing that than selling songs/albums.

#30 Posted by MrGeezer (55678 posts) -

Anybody going through a big label gets less than a dollar per album. I doubt the artists themselves care. They make all their money on tours, merchandise, and endorsements.

What about the ones who aren't going through the big labels?

#31 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13443 posts) -

Release a free version with annoying sponsors.

No really, there is nothing you could do about it. The trick is to do proper marketing.

#32 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2219 posts) -

@MrGeezer: For them, piracy's a pisser... But what it boils down to -- for a band like Radiohead who's already rich as hell, piracy's not going to affect them. For bands that aren't that big, there's not enough people downloading their music to really affect their profits. Overall, it sucks, but if people stopped pirating music, I doubt bands would really start making more money. There's bands whose CD I've downloaded, knowing full well that I would never purchase it if it wasn't an option. I think that's really the key to figuring out how much piracy affects the entertainment industry as a whole --

Not how many people are pirating, but how many people who are pirating would actually buy the product if pirating wasn't an option.

#33 Edited by hippiesanta (9266 posts) -

Metalicca are now ok with internet piracy ..... it creates wider fanbase especially in a country where their songs are not availiable or ban on shelves

#34 Posted by theone86 (20436 posts) -

Release my music for free. It's not like artists get much money from albums anyways, all the money's in merchandise and touring. Of course I hate merchandising, so I wouldn't make any money off that either. And I don't think I'd like playing big venues all that much, so I wouldn't make much money off that. And I think I'd probably be pretty prone to impromptu jam sessions, so maybe people would rather just hang around the areas they know I frequent than pay for a ticket in that scenario. I don't think I'd be a very successful artist, but I'd be happy.

#35 Edited by gba1989 (100 posts) -
@Aljosa23 said:

You can't "stop" piracy but you can give people an incentive to buy your album over downloading. Some video game companies like Atlus give bonuses like extra content, artbooks, soundtracks, etc. for retail versions to entice people to buying their game. If artists find a way to do that they can make a decent amount of change they would not otherwise get. Another good way is to make a pay what you want model. People like Radiohead and even Louis CK used this and made some money. Getting $1 is still better than getting done.

That's the problem. ATLUS is better at giving bonuses and quality products.

#36 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

Nothing, I want people to listen to my music as much as possible, and be inspired by it, not bully people and taking more rights from them.