So what the industry would do is to send free music to DJ's from both the worlds of mixtapes and radio. They would beg and plead for you to feature their artist on the mixtape. This is coming from both the A&R's that worked directly for the labels and third parties whose whole job was to find popular mixtape DJ's and give them music. They were hired by record companies as well. So anyway, after you released a mixtape, you would give it to a store at a consignment price. In other words, you would give them a box of CD's and they would sell them a set price depending on how popular you were. Then you come back and split the money, of course bigger DJ's would work out a different deal.
So everyone in the industry is aware of this fact and they play along with the so called "street" rules. But the RIAA would come down and bust these stores for selling bootlegs. These are items that would be cosigned by record labels with artist even hosting the tapes but they would still bust the shops anyway. Legally, there was no paperwork so in the eyes of the law they were bootlegged and if it was the police that came down hard, I would have less of a problem. But it would be the RIAA, basically the record companies would backdoor the DJ's and the mom and pop stores.
This is why I am glad that the music business has taken such a big hit. The people are crooks and as far as I am concerned, they is what they deserve.
After the first time, why didn't folks wise up and say "not without a contract allowing us to create and sell compilations"?
They'd probably ask for royalties and then you'd insist on the standard breakage allowance against said royalties plus the other standard terms that they demand from content producers.
These and all music bloggers know what they are getting into when they set up their blogs. It is no secret that music piracy is a major issue for the RIAA, and posting mp3s publicly definitely puts you at risk. While there are many bloggers that work hard to promote the music they love, and provide links for users to buy the music legitimately, there are many others that just want to attract traffic by giving away free shit. All of the music bloggers are often put in the same pile either way.
The music bloggers who were affected by these take downs may be playing the poor me game, but did have the power to prevent what happened by self-hosting their blogs, enabling them to truly own and protect their content. I hope this current round of of publicity encourages more bloggers of all types to take ownership over the content they labour over.
Busted by beurocracy for stealing your own music.. hard to think of anything more revolting to an artist.
Wise publishers just won't pick you up if they can't get exclusive rights.
Case in point: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=4ba...