It was a big week on the internet. Popular sites including Google spent the entire day protesting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which is a bill that would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to protect copyrights.
For the last several years the music industry suffered knockout blows from online piracy and critics have accused music executives from ripping off artists and consumers. Dot-comers accused them of greed and short-sightedness, seen as the fat cats making obscene profits on the back of musicians’ creativity.
At the end of the day, web gurus such as Kim Dotcom are more greedy and arrogant than record execs.
Kim Dotcom, the 37-year-old man behind Megaupload.com makes no apologies for ripping off artists and he says this about music labels.
“You need to understand that some labels are run by arrogant and outdated dinosaurs who have been in business for 1,000 years,” Mr Dotcom said. “These guys think an iPad is a facial treatment, the internet is the devil, and wired phones are still hip. They are in denial about the new realities and opportunities. They don’t understand that the rip-off days are over.
Kim Dotcom generated over $175 million in subscriptions and advertising while ripping off $500 million from copyright holders.
Kim Dotcom is living in a multi-million mansion in New Zealand and sponsored a $500,000 New Year’s eve fireworks display celebrating his move. He races Mercedes and you can find him posing with women beside a large yacht. Mr. Dotcom and his crew own more than 20 sports cars that feature numbered plates reading GOD and HACKER.
Who are the arrogant fat cats ripping off the artists? It’s obvious.
The US government shut down one of the world’s largest filesharing website Megaupload that received 50 million daily visitors, accounting 4% of total internet traffic.
According to prosecutors, Megaupload illegally cheated copyright holders out of $500m in revenue as part of a criminal enterprise spanning five years.
Buzz Man: Miracle Jet
Son of a Bad Man is a Southern/Pop band based out of Jacksonville, FL. Their dedicated fan-base raised over 4 thousand dollars via Kickstarter so that they could record a full-length album. With a release date of January 28th, 2012, “Here’s to the Falling In…” captures the band’s energetic live sound better than any previous attempt. Lead singer/songwriter Shawn Fisher currently is a writer with EMI Music Publishing’s NYC Office and was named one of BMI’s “Top Ten Songwriters to Watch in 2009.”
Buzz Track: Tonight
Singer-songwriter Tiffany Kuenzi who hails from Oregon just finished an EP which was recorded with Nashville’s premier songwriters and producers. Her first self released single Tonight is receiving spins on Oregon’s country stations including KWJJ and KUPL. Tiffany Kuenzi is an artist to keep on the lookout for. For fans of Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, etc.
Kings favorite singer-songwriter Tim Halperin will open for LeAnn Rimes with the Fort Worth Symphony on January 28th in Fort Worth Texas. Music labels will be in attendance.
Buzz Track: The Last Song
If you haven’t heard of singer-songwriter Tim Halperin, he has the #1 album on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. Halperin also landed in the top 24 in last years American Idol and has shared the stage with Hot Chelle Ray, Cody Simpson, etc. The track The Last Song is a Kings favorite and it reminds us of The Fray.