Friday, August 06, 2010

How Artists Can Make Money Without Copyright

I got an email regarding the newest release from Del the Funky Homosapien called It Ain't Illegal Yet (such an appropriate title).


Here's a prime track:

<a href="http://delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com/track/violate">Violate by Del The Funky Homosapien</a>

This is how he is marketing/pricing his album:


In other words, he's using product differentiation in order to generate more revenue and accomplish a wider distribution at the same time. Access to the actual music is set at a very reasonable $3. Meanwhile if willing and able, you can choose to pay more. After reaching certain thresholds, you will receive extras like collectables and merchandise.

Sure, he retains a copyright, but considering he's out of the Music Industrial Complex, there's no funds that will be directed toward stoping piracy. The record companies only care about their own after all.

Who wins?

Fans get music at a much better price, the opportunity to help the artist continue to make more music, the satisfaction of not freeloading, and options.

Del the Funky Homosapien will likely generate more revenue, connect with fans, and achieve greater distribution.

Art gets more credibility.

Who loses?

The Music Industry hegemony which is losing its stranglehold on music.

See also: Copyright Hurts Art and The Rationalist Position on IP