[d@DCC] Toronto Sun article...
leyton at fadingwaysmusic.com
Mon Apr 12 12:36:38 EDT 2004
Managed to get a few words in alongside Danko Jones and Jim Clements,
one of our Fading Ways artists, in a Sun interview with Mary Dickie...
Neil Leyton, a musician who operates a small label, Fading Ways, agrees
that the major labels are responsible for their woes. "They've built
such high marketing costs to meet unrealistic sales projections," he
says. "When they're not met, they need a scapegoat, and they're pointing
at the consumer. It's pathological -- they're alienating their own
'BUILDS ON IT'
Indeed, with downloading so ingrained in the culture, the industry would
be wise to get with the program. Leyton has enrolled his acts in a
licensing scheme called Creative Commons, which allows free downloading
of music as long as the downloader doesn't profit.
"It's a way for artists to share each other's work without breaking the
law," he says. "It doesn't remove copyright; it builds on it."
The industry is clearly in transition, but opportunities exist for those
who see music as more than a piece of plastic.
"In the publishing industry, it's understood that every book is read by
2.4 people," Leyton says.
"The record industry's position that each CD can only be heard by one
person is unrealistic. Music is part of our common cultural experience,
it's in the air. The thinking needs to change."
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