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'UK Music' group created to fight piracy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 27 Oct 2008 17:07 User comments (11)

'UK Music' group created to fight piracy The umbrella group UK Music has been created today to establish a unified anti-piracy position.
The new group will be releasing a program on October 30th that includes "cross-industry submission to government on illegal file sharing and a music industry manifesto."

UK Music will also look into new revenue models such as unlimited music subscriptions bundled with broadband service.

Feargal Sharkey, UK Music CEO added "The launch of UK Music marks a bold new chapter for the UK's commercial music industry. [It] will serve a huge spectrum of the commercial music sector, and championing our industry's creativity and shared commercial interests will be at the heart of what we do."

Chairman Andy Heath says, "Until now, it has been incredibly difficult to establish a unified music business position, whether that's concerning illegal file-sharing or music education. In that sense, this new organisation, which pulls together and represents such a wide range of interests, is a real game-changer."

The founding members of UK Music include the BPI, the Association of Independent Music, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, performing rights body the MCPS-PRS Alliance, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Publishers Association, the Musicians Union and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).

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11 user comments

127.10.2008 20:11

Esentially they are pooling all data bases on p2p to catch all. kinda like pure seine fish trawling, where everyone gets pulled in, and all are called pirates, legitimate or otherwise.

227.10.2008 20:20

Feargal Sharkey ? LOL too damn funny - had me rolling on the floor that one did - hope there are no serious undertones to all of this ;)

Maybe he is going to personally visit all those accused of copyright infringement and sing them a personalised version of his 1980's hit " You Little Thief " :P

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328.10.2008 14:55

Another futile attempt to solve a futile goal.

428.10.2008 15:09
varnull
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Maybe if they made something worth paying for...............

I thought Fergal had a brain... obviously the cartel have been at his wallet again.

What if I don't want to buy music.. can I opt out of the charges for the "bundled with broadband" rap ----er garbage.

I wonder how many of the musicians in this organisation are also members of "Make Poverty History".. Oh yeah.. lets criminalize and penalize the poor who can't afford to keep us in our mansions eh?

Music business is dead.. anything they do now .. apart from giving it away for donations... will fail miserably.

vive la revolution.

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529.10.2008 7:39

It never ceases to amaze me how all the major ISPs in the UK - Virgim, BT, Sky etc always make as the headline of their advertising , the amount of time it takes to download a music or video track ( 2 seconds, 3 seconds etc for music and 30, 40 , 50 seconds for video )of course they would argue that this was to apply to legal downloads but we all know what they are really talking about and who their target audience is

629.10.2008 7:49

Originally posted by varnull:

I thought Fergal had a brain... obviously the cartel have been at his wallet again.

not the cartel mate - more likely an entire army of little Sharkey descendants wanting money from Feargal have been at his wallet - 23 years without a hit is a long time to go when your bank account is being leeched every week by your offspring and relatives lol.

in any case - he has been working on the fat cat shirt and suit and tie brigade of the music industry for some time now - this from wikipedia :-

Quote:
Starting in the early 1990s Sharkey moved into the business side of the music industry, initially as an A&R manager for Polydor Records, and then as Managing Director of EXP Ltd. He was appointed a Member of the Radio Authority for five years from December 1998 to December 2003. He then became Chairman of the UK Government task force the 'Live Music Forum' in 2004. He has since become head of UK Music, an umbrella group representing all sectors of the music industry in the UK. He has a son by his wife Ellen.

In 2007, Sharkey was appointed as the CEO of British Music Rights
this is him in his nice corporate business suit telling everybody how p2p users are evil terrorist supporting thugs who leave all the poor record labels and companies penniless , on Channel 4 news this year :-
http://forum.digitaldebrief.com/index.ph...type=post&id=10
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731.10.2008 10:39

Bla Bla Bla!

The only way to crush piracy is to sell prirated goods at a fair price. Proabition has nevered worked no matter how it is implemented. There is alway people smart enough to circumvet it.

831.10.2008 20:47

Originally posted by Mez:
Bla Bla Bla!

The only way to crush piracy is to sell pirated goods at a fair price. it.
ermm don't you mean legal goods ? :)

93.11.2008 14:50

Oh, my an Obama add just popped up to my left. He is leaving no stone unturned.

Yes, you caught me. If they just sold legal merchandise for a fair price that would be the best counter to piracy.

106.11.2008 14:08

Originally posted by Mez:
Oh, my an Obama add just popped up to my left. He is leaving no stone unturned.

Yes, you caught me. If they just sold legal merchandise for a fair price that would be the best counter to piracy.
I'm interested in learning more about their pricing strategy -- undoubtedly there are 100s of MBAs working tirelessly to ensure greatest profit margins, but maybe they are missing something? Apple stuck gold with their 99 cent tunes, something the recording industry was likely pretty adverse to in the beginning.

117.11.2008 7:32

After reading my post I noticed how poorly the mention of Obama was. As I typed the response, an Obama add popped up to my left. I had never seen a political add on AD. That was a surprise to me and a sign that times are a changing.

I don't know of any one's pricing strategy.

However, I am old enough to remember when LPs sold for 2.5 USD mid-60s and 3 USD by 1970. Re-tail needs to mark up 100% since that is where all the expenses are. The next most expensive part was pressing the records. I doubt the labels saw more than 50 cents out of a $3 album. That is about 5 cents a tune. The label-artist contracts were one time deals so 5 cents a tune is a killing after making a profit for 40 years. The deals made in the 50s were very unfair to the arists. Many tunes were sold for only a couple of grand in the 50s. However, if you but that tune it will be $.99. I am saying if you sold those tunes for $.25 everyone would make a fat profit. Much fatter than what they are doing now since the sales would go through the roof. Not all tunes could be sold for that. I am good with adding REAL licensing costs the music. I would understand having to pay more for Aerosmith than 3 Blind Mice. You might actually sell more 3 Blind Mice if they went for $.10 a tune. At any rate, $1 per tune is gouging! The 2 most expensive costs of the music, I suspect over 80% of the costs, have been eliminated but are sold at the same price as a CD. I REALLY believe everyone could still make a profit if they sold new tunes for $.25.

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