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R: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so bad

I think you're right. Here in Italy for something the situation is even
worse. If I want to put some stuff I composed, produced and recorded on my
site I'll have to pay the Italian rights organisation (SIAE), which will
give it back to me (after a year or so) minus the 10%. If I don't pay it 
legally persecutable for copyright infringement. Pretty sick, ain't it? 
more since the sum I should pay is almost 100$ for every single mp3 file,
for every month I have on the net.
This is the system here, but then I find that I have some stuff uploaded 
selling on Vitaminic.it, which is the Italian server for Vitaminic, and in
more than a year I haven't seen a single cent for it. I don't understand...
if I put my music on the net I have to pay, but if a corporate music
association does the same with my music I don't see a cent ???? And I don't
mean money for the music sold, but for the copyright on my work, which,
since it is an official italian site should be granted by the law....

I thought law should be equal to everyone, shouldn't it?????

Then the same corporate powers tell us that Napster is illegal, that it is 
fraud against the authors and their copyrights (and next they'll buy the

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Sottilaro <sine@zerocrossing.net>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 9:27 PM
Subject: Re: OT: why musicians can't eat -- and why radio is so bad

> Duh.
> Sorry for the sarcasm, but if anyone for a moment didn't realize this is
> the "biz" works, they are not paying attention.  It peaks at the
> level, but this behavior starts when club owners make artists pay to
> entertain their clients.  I refuse to play in any venue that has ANY
> For a short time I allowed my band to be forced to rent PA gear that 
> claimed they did not own.  They claimed that they had contracts with PA
> owners in which they allowed the clubs to use their gear for free, but 
> catch was the bands were forced to "rent" this gear and pay an engineer.
> Mostly, the engineer SUCKED, but we've been through that one already.  I
> the booking people that I did not need any additional amplification and
> be happy to go sans PA, but was told we'd have to pay anyway.  That was
> deal.
> This is where the rape starts.  It's the fondling phase.  If you stick
> around, eventually you're getting it full force from behind.
> This is why I feel that it is very important to put your stuff on the web
> free.  I've had the idea that groups of non pro musicians should supply
> DJs with material in return for mention on promo lit.  USE the internet
> word of mouth to promote yourself.  Screw RADIO and record companies.
> They're already dead but don't know it.  This is why record companies are
> really afraid of Napster.  It's something that they can't control.  The
> reason radio sounds like it does is because lawyers are choosing your
> If enough people can start finding music that they enjoy on the internet,
> eventually demand of good music will force record companies to change or
> die.  When promotion is almost free, there is no longer a need for a
> "gatekeeper."  I have faith that people can make their own choices.
> Fight.
> Mark Sottilaro
> Tom Ritchford wrote:
> > Musicians can't eat because the money is being stolen.
> >
> > <http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/2001/03/14/payola/index.html>
> >
> > <http://www.salon.com/ent/clear_channel/>
> >
> > I feel a little sick...
> >
> > --
> >
> > I am the rarebit.