Posts Tagged ‘You Tube’
It can get uncomfortably hot in the Twitter Celeb kitchen, as a host of eager – but less than circumspect – Tweeters continue to discover. This week it was the turn of winsome songstress @lilyroseallen (followers 1,538, 873 and counting; following: 57). Lily’s initially trenchant views on illegal file sharing unleashed a backlash so immediate and virulent that on Thursday, she Tweeted: “i’ve shut down the blog, the abuse was getting too much”.
By Friday, inevitably, she had even metamorphosed into a meme, trending high, alongside #FF, TGIF & the usual suspects. One particularly innovative comment came from Dan Bull, who posted this catchy homage to Allen’s music on You Tube – sample lyrics: “precludes me from sending your tunes to my friends, so we all lose in the end…”
For Media140, Ben Werdmuller, takes a wider perspective and an extremely thoughtful look at how the music industry is paying the price for its persistent inability to adapt to the new meritocratic economics which now govern the business. Lily and file sharing? Go Ahead and Smile:
It’s been a tough week for Lily Allen. Apparently incensed by illegal Internet file sharing, she started a blog against it. Unfortunately, in the process she cut and paste an entire article from Techdirt without permission, and was outed as having uploaded two illegal mixtapes to her own official site. Whoops; it turns out that people in glass houses shouldn’t really throw stones. Reportedly crippled by embarrassment, she subsequently announced that she has “quit the music business forever” and won’t be releasing any more music. (This statement was quickly diluted by her management.)
But perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on Ms Allen? Her industry as a whole is in a tailspin, severely damaged by its own failure to adapt to the post-scarcity economics that now govern recorded music. The problem is, the Internet is developing into a cultural meritocracy, where anyone can release their music and have its success or failure dictated solely by the worldwide audience it can attract.
Meanwhile, the labels’ inaction has brought about a situation where downloading music illegally is arguably easier than buying it. Digital Rights Management, device restrictions and the inability to share tracks with your friends are all traits of bought music; illegal music, on the other hand, runs on any digital music player you throw it at and you are also free to use and share it as you please.