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Music Piracy: A Call to Action From Jim Urie of

I’ve received hundreds of e-mails enthusiastically reacting to my “call to action” at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention last month. The music business is facing huge challenges from piracy and theft. Never before in American history has an entire industry been so decimated by illegal behavior. Yet the government has not responded in a meaningful way to help us address this crisis. My call to action is for all of us to become more aggressive in lobbying our government, more outspoken in drawing attention to the problems caused by piracy and more actively engaged. We cannot win this fight alone.

Governments outside the U.S. are legislating, regulating and playing a prominent role in discussions with ISPs (Internet Service Providers). Sales have dramatically improved in these countries. How is it that the U.S. – with the most successful music community in the world – is not keeping up with places like South Korea, France, the UK and New Zealand?

As I said in my speech, I hope that the industry can negotiate a voluntary deal with the ISPs. We need our government representatives to encourage this. But whether or not we reach a deal with the ISPs, our government needs to know that we’ve got a piracy problem and we need real solutions. To accomplish this, our government needs to hear from all of us, so they know that their constituents are out here. Join me in calling on our elected officials to fight piracy. Please help by forwarding this email to your colleagues, friends– everyone who loves music. And consider enlisting your entire company to help in this fight. Then by clicking on the link below a message will be sent to your representatives in Washington. Help us launch a viral campaign to cut off access to the online sites that are used to steal our music, our property and our jobs. It only takes a second but it can make a tremendous impact.

Click HERE.

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Jim Urie
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  1. Jayson Cornish

    August 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Every time there is a new technology for diseminating music the industry blames the new technology for their lack of buisness. In the 70’s and 80’s it was home taping. In the 90’s it was the CD burner. In the early part of the 21st century it has been the MP3 and file sharing.

    I blame 2 things that go hand in hand 1 is a lack of quality in the music that is coming out and 2 the used CD market. The fact of the matter is that CD sales are only calculated the first time a CD is sold. If a CD is bought used than it doesn’t get counted on soundscan and the artist doesn’t get royalties on it. I’ve heard alot of music in the past 10 years or so that I’ve liked but not alot that I’ve liked enough to spend $15 on. I get burned CD’s given to me all the time. Usually I only listen to them once and if I like them I usually go to the CD shop and buy them.

    Given the state of the music business and the way record contracts work for the most part file sharing is only costing record companies money. Between the fact that the record company takes all of your sales until your record sells 1 million copies cross collateralisation (where all of your record sales go to pay off all of your albums) and the 360 deal where the record company even owns a piece of your merchandising chances are you aren’t going to make squat anyway. The fact of the matter is that the Allman Brothers made their first album’s 40 years ago and still haven’t seen dollar one from them due to the fact they were cross collateralised.

    I find it humorus that the media is helping advertise the scam. I just saw a commercial for the “Teen Choice” awards where the featured “The Internets most downloaded sensation Justin Bieber.” The fact of the matter they just advertised that from a business perspective Justin Bieber is getting screwed royally. The average royalty rate for a new performer is about 5%. If you count legal downloads at $.99 a piece Justin Bieber is making about $.05 per download as opposed to $0.85 for a CD. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have him on a 360 deal so all of the junk that has his face on it is also going to pay back the record company. The fact of the matter is that he only has a certain amount of time before his voice drops he starts growing body hair and his career is over. Then guess who owes Mickey Mouse millions of dollars until they plant him in the ground.

    Peace Out,
    Rev J

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