Value judgments expressed in emotional phrases such as "pay exploitively low percentages" and "reap a fairer share of the profits" don't lend credibility to the content. It would be more interesting to hear what percentages artists receive of gross sales and what percentage profits-after-taxes are of gross sales for recording companies.
It's not NPOV, but I can't bring myself to change it. Fucking RIAA.
I was expecting much more content and controversy here. Percentages, opinions, record industry profit history (since illegal filesharing) etc etc. Nobody? NPOV would be nice too. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 10:52, 16 February 2008 (UTC)
Just the facts
I removed this material:
The Recording Artists' Coalition exists to represent the interests of recording artists in their fight against what they see as inequitable treatment by the record industry.
There is a fundamental tension between the two industries – they have been in an uneasy symbiotic / parasitic relationship since this time, which is threatened by the advent of new technologies. Critics of the record industry today have compared it to the buggy whip industry, fighting the disruptive technology of file sharing by all possible means. It is worth remembering though that the sheet music industry were resistant to original phonographic industries, who in turn were initially resistant to radio, television, home taping and so forth.
Basically because it was unsourced, and doesn't really give enough context to explore each of these issues. This is just a side swipe that doesn't explain the issues involved in payola, downloading, the iPod & DRM, free music, raw artist deals, and the death of the music business. I think all these issues should be covered in a good five or six page article but the text above simply isn't ready for public viewing. The final article should also include a summary-style description of all the various jobs in the recording industry, and at least a page on the history of the business. ---- CharlesGillingham (talk) 12:06, 4 June 2008 (UTC)