Nota bene: This is substantially a rant about people being stupid.
The results are in from the Radiohead 'experiment'. In spite of it being available online for people to pay what they wished, it was still distributed significantly on filesharing networks. Here's the thing that gets me. After all this time, they still don't get it. One pundit says:
"If the community rejects even forward-thinking experiments like this one, real harm is done to the next generation of experimentation and change,"
Good grief! There are 13 year old teeny boppers on myspace who get it. There are people who don't know what an operating system is, who get it. I am going to point out something that, in spite of it being blaringly obvious to many of us online, still seems to have eluded the minds of the few. The internet is for moving and processing information. Music is information. What will the internet do with it? Move it and process it. People participate in this because they are using the internet for what it's best at. Seriously, there are little kids who understand this. But the music industry doesn't. Musicians: Your music will always be on filesharing networks. You won't get it off. You can't get it off. I know this can be frustrating, people are doing things you don't want them to do with your creation. All I can offer as solace is the reality that if it's on the network, that means people like it. They enjoy it. Filesharing networks are systems built on popularity. What this means for you is that your name is out there and you can actually sell your music. It is far worse to not be on the network at all, than to be all over it. My advice is to accept it, find ways to use it to your advantage. At the very least, you have created something that has brought a great deal of joy into peoples lives.