Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Music Blogs Caught Up in Labels’ Online Piracy Fight - NYTimes.com

Pretty weird – perhaps not as weird as speculators creating hedge funds to bet on Madoff claim payouts – but still pretty weird

OnSmash.com and the handful of other music blogs shut down by the government post brand-new songs and videos without licenses, but much of that material is often leaked to them by managers, music labels and even the artists themselves.

As a result, these sites have a complex symbiosis with the music business. While the Recording Industry Association of America wants to shut them down, the rank and file of the record labels — particularly in hip-hop circles — uses them as marketing tools and publicity outlets.

Music Blogs Caught Up in Labels’ Online Piracy Fight - NYTimes.com

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