My thoughts when I get time to think this over, but there’s a serious fightback being mounted by the record labels against declining sales because of the digitization of music which makes it easy to share and difficult to track. Not that they’ve not been at it for the last decade, but things seem to be coming to a head.
One thing to take note of is the fact that Artists mostly make money off performances and endorsements, and not record sales.
Some posts from paidcontent:
—EMI’s Apparent Business Model: Slower Deals, More Returns
—Steve Jobs to Music DRM: Drop Dead
— @ MidemNet: Music Industry In Quandary Over DRM
— @ MidemNet: Glaser: Do Away With DRM For Downloads
— @ MidemNet: MPAA, RIAA, CEA Execs Clash Over DRM & Hardware Controls
— Music Industry Taking Brief Break from Usual Practice to Give Customers What They Want
— Yahoo Pushes Futher Into MP3; Launches Full Album With Disney Label
— Yahoo Offers Unrestricted MP3 Download For $1.99; Considering More
— Copyright Ruling Would Make Webcasting Much More Expensive
— Once Radio, Retail, MTV Ruled—Now Record Companies Have To Go Through iTunes
— ASCAP Lawsuit Seeks To Classify Music Downloads As ‘Public Performance’
— Does the Record Industry Want To Kill Internet Radio?