"The copyright system is a system to protect and encourage creators."
Hmmm, you see I dont think it has anything to do about encouring creativity, protecting yes.
I dont have an issue at all with people making money.
But as a business you have to be responsive to change, so when artist get a few pence per CD (I dont know the sum but it is less then 80p) Emi charges £9.
You are opening yourself up for competitiion.
Initially they said it was beause they were loosing money on the LPs, so when they moved to CDs they had to recoup that cost.. ok so how many years did they have to do that for? Then they moved online, still charged the same and the artist still get the same (less then 80 p for a £9-£10 CD)
So what is the cost for online distribution of a CD, for download?
Remember that the 80p included the full manufacturing cost of a CD (the actual CD, the printing, paying the artist etc)
So without knowing the exact details should they be able to get a very nice margin on download CD for £1-£2
If they sold it for that price the vast majority of people wouldnt bother about going to illegal side, getting dodgy quality etc.
So back to my original argument, it is the music industry themselved to blame for this. It has nothing to do with paying the artists. If the large music corporations had been quick enough to adopt to the changing circumstances.
They thought they could continue to get huge margins and try to crack down on file sharers by copyrights laws.
Rather than try to add value, decrease the price etc.
See on the games industry, they have had the same pressure on downloads but they have transformed, innovated so they are booming as an industry