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Are artists giving their music away too easily?
"Don’t give me any crap about this being a problem that is out of their hands. If you make something then you’ve got to be responsible for it, from composition to release."
this is ridiculous. Few artists deliberately leak their work, and it's not reasonable to expect most to act like top-level government security agents over some bloody songs.
Also, as much as leaks are a little unfortunate from a timing perspective, this notion that people will then pay because it has not leaked is totally misguided - people will just download it when it does become available, on the day of release, rather than a week before when it would have leaked.
The distinction between 'fans' and 'junkies' is specious - if anything, I'd argue that 'junkies' tend to be bigger fans than 'fans' (unless perhaps you measure fandom by money spent on a band rather than interest and appreciation for a band, which I suspect is the case).
It's a lot more than you'd think
Your 3rd paragraph is spot-on mind you
keeping tabs on where all copies of your album 24/7 is possible, but hardly a cheap process. eventually the album will have to go and get mastered, or pressed, and if you want a production house to promise you that your album will be under 24/7 surveillance, not just put in a queue with everyone else like they do with the hundreds of other records they process every day, you'd be sure they're going to make you pay for the privilege.
i'm sure someone like radiohead can afford to do that. for other artists, is the cost of doing that going to be offset against the economic damage a 'leak' will do? i doubt it.
come from promotion copies sent to members of the press. very few seem to be studio leaks, usually only bigger artists.
for larger artists press copies can fairly cheaply be watermarked these days with the reviewers's name. however, at some point before release, unwatermarked copies have to start making their way into plants around the world to start to get pressed up. i think it's fair to say that trying to control that process by - for example - only pressing the world's supply in a reputable local plant where things can be watched over by a security guard - would quickly decimate profit margins in a way that just allowing it to leak wouldn't.
I started doing more music writing and found how easy it was to get sent lots of promos ages before release dates. I like to keep them to myself but you can easily see how some people would abuse that position and leak stuff.
but why do people in the press do that? do they have anything to gain by leaking stuff they've been sent? or do they just do it out of sheer cuntiness?
bloggers get them too as well as lots of other people in the music biz no doubt.
I dunno why people do it.