Artist Compensation

Artists, Musicians and The Internet: Select Survey Answers

As one of two open-ended questions in our 2004 online survey, we asked musicians what they thought would be the best approach to dealing with the unauthorized music distribution of music online. Fully 87% of all musicians and songwriters provided a response to this question (n=2,755). The answers represent a broad spectrum of opinions that reflect the diverse and varied experiences of musicians and music fans, stretching from “all music should be free, so stop worrying about it” to “file-sharers should be put in jail.” Below we provide select quotes from this survey question that illustrate the range of opinions held by musicians and songwriters on this issue. read more

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