Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Jaron Lanier on music piracy
Author: Jonathan Hendry Posted: 5/9/1999; 12:59:29 PM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 5/9/99 Msg #: 5899 (In response to 5877) Prev/Next: 5898 / 5900
Curious: Does Jaron Lanier make a living from sales of music?
It's interesting that Lanier doesn't actually suggest *how* to make money. It's kind of like the free-software people who handwave by suggesting that you make your money by providing services.
It seems like his idea boils down to musicians having to make a living from constant touring and sales of merchandise. For some artists, this just won't work. I doubt this would work for *him*. I can't see people lining up to buy Jaron Lanier t-shirts and mouse pads. A few, perhaps enough to make beer money.
It might be interesting to look at www.sheeba.ca, the website for Jane Siberry, who is trying to make a living from her music with her own label. She handles her own website, etc. Unlike Lanier, she doesn't have a day job or patent sale revenue to fall back on.
There are responses to this message:
- Jaron Lanier T-shirts?, Dave Winer, 5/9/1999; 1:01:28 PM
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