I used Preceden to make a timeline, the tool was pretty useful, but they only allow you to put ten items on the free portion of the site. They spring that on you when you hit 9 items, I had to go back and delete a few of my items so that it would work. I wasn’t paying 29 bucks, it was a decent tool, but not worth the money in my opinion.
Because I used this tool that didn’t really give me enough data points to do the assignment justice I figured I would discuss the more modern issues in a simple narrative. I see how copyright can and has been used by distributors to make money for themselves as well as the artist. I sort of like the idea of having this market revolution take place discussed in the Fogal article, but I am not sure if I can really wrap my head around how it would work. I usually say no to almost anything along the lines of adding additional money to items and so forth (maybe I am the jerk on this one?). The fund and release issue seems workable, but at the same time seems exceedingly complicated, and would not be available to new artists. Who is going to want to give money to someone they don’t know anything about to allow them to write a book about something? I could think of a few authors that I would give money to have them expand my library (Michael Crichton first and foremost) but I can’t really see that working with a new artist that I know nothing about.
I also like how the Fogal makes the distinction between authors and musicians. I personally get most of my music from either Pandora or Youtube, both of those I have the paid subscription to. For my music listening on these services, the “holder” of the music is paid. Much of that amount of money is being paid directly to the label (70%), artists could use these services and make direct deals with them to feature their content without the label, maybe a manager or something would be needed to work out the contract. New artists could offer their songs for free until they reach a certain amount of plays and then be able to negotiate for money down the road. Artists also make much of their money from performances so the greater the amount of plays their music gets means more butts in the seats at the concert. I think with the internet it would be very easy for artists to ditch their labels, but it would take a major departure in how things are done, as we have seen in almost every industry these sacred cows are difficult to remove.
I remember when Diablo 3 came out and my friend and I spent a ton of time playing. We finally got bored and wanted something new but similar. We found a game called Path of Exile. It is a huge game that mimics the popular Blizzard theme pretty well. It never had the same polish to it that you had from Blizzard and only had a couple levels with more supposedly coming. I remember both of us saying that we would have rather paid the $60 up front to play a polished completed game. At the time I don’t believe that it had a place that you could donate money or anything, but I am not sure that I would for the “promise” that more content would become available. Call me old-fashioned, but with my video games I would rather just pay for my media upfront and have it work and be enjoyable.