"You say it's all about control
And nothing should control you
If no one ever gets to close
Then you'll have nothing to live up to"
("Wrong" - School of Fish)
The central issue for copyright holders is that they are going to have to learn to love, or at least live with, giving up some control of their products: people simply don't want to have to deal with copy-protection. It's inconvenient, it reduces the value of the product, it encourages illicit activity, it's a big turd in the punchbowl. We just mentioned that at least part of the reason SACD and DVD-Audio aren't selling is that they are copy-protected and CDs are not.
At least these people are doing it right:
- SHORTLY after Phish, the improvisational rock band, finished its New Year's Eve concert at American Airlines Arena in Miami, perhaps a couple of hundred people remained at play in the private suites that lined the hall. Brad G. Serling, as big a Phish fan as they come, joined them briefly but soon had to depart for the bowels of the arena.
....Later in the day, from a hotel with a faster Internet link, he uploaded the concert files to the Internet. And so, by the morning of Jan. 2, Phish fans worldwide could pay $11.95 to download the New Year's Eve concert from Live Phish Downloads, a site run jointly by the band and Mr. Serling's company, Nugs.net.
Mr. Serling had also joined forces with three less-prominent bands - the Radiators, the String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band - to post recordings of their own New Year's concerts at another site, LiveDownloads.
....As other technology companies scramble to match the success of Apple's online music store, iTunes, which sells songs for 99 cents each, a different online-music economy is emerging around the sale of recordings of live performances - often with no restrictions on how they can be played or shared.
Since it was established in late 2002, Live Phish Downloads, which now offers audio files for about 50 Phish concerts, has generated more than $2.25 million in sales.