BB and Matri, I think your posts explained my point about "out-dated business model" in my earler posts.
In the modern "Internet" age there's no real reason for the middle-man any more. You can see this everyware from holidays (buying stright from the tour operators rather than through a travel agents) to buying cars (buying from the manufacturer rather than a car dealer). ublishers (in their present form) are becoming obsolete and they know it.
I did some google searching the other day and I found a webpage that explained details about music artists legal rights, etc. On the page it gave an example of a contract between the record lable and the artist. I don't have the URL at the moment but here are some points I picked out.
On average, the artist only gets 20% of the income from album sales, the rest went to the record label. That 20% must cover recording costs, living expences, manegment fees, etc.
It went on to say that many artists don't make any money from that 20% at all and have to make extra money from tours, merchandice, etc. to actualy make money.
The website also showed that the record label holds all IP rights to the songs on that album, the artist can't do anything with the music unless they have permision from the record label.
Now we are slowly beginning to see music artists and software developers bypass the publishers as seen by Valve (with steam... when it works
) and Stardock (They've got a great web distribution system). I hope more developers and music artist decide to get rid of their publishers and sell direct to the public over the internet. It'll be better for them and better for us.
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