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Music on the Web a force for Good?
The creator of the internet Sir Tim Berners-Lee has criticised the music industry for stiffening musical creativity, and preventing openness. Berners-Lee who created the World Wide Web in 1989 was quoted in Wired Magazine saying that people stealing music from the internet is not a as big a deal as record label’s have implied claiming ‘laws have been created which makes out as if the only problem on the internet is teenagers stealing music’ he continued ‘the internet is bigger than the music industry ’.
Berners-Lee’s comments are a reaction to three recent pieces of legislation designed to protect privacy on the web. The US Government has recently passed three bills, the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), all of which protect individual rights and creativity on the Internet. Berners-Lee has called for the music industry to keep up with the changing times by coming up with a better system to generate revenue from music.
The internet has transformed the music industry which has been battling illegal downloads for over a decade. The introduction of file sharing site Napster in 1999 allowed people to obtain music for free. Downloads have became a vital part of life with the rise of MP3 Players epitomised with the launch of Apple’s iTunes in 2005. Internet downloads have been given further credibility with their incorporation into official music charts from 2004.
With its potentially infinite audience the web could be the perfect marketing tool for budding artists, and getting on to established sites like We Love Your Songs can be a perfect marketing tool. Berners-Lee’s comments are a reflection of the changing time of the music industry with social networking becoming vital in the rise of new stars. It seems that the debate over file sharing and illegal downloads for those trying to break through into music is a battle between getting played and the value of exposure itself.
Article written by Toni Phillips.
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