Re: What happens if no-one pays for music?
That's the logical consequence; you're safe from being robbed only by not producing anything portable, i.e. no recording.
Originally Posted by terzinator
Scenario: all musicians who used to make a living from selling their recordings will give up recording altogether. They'll not even do concerts in the classical sense, because they can be videoed doing it. Playing music will become a closed event where you get admission only if you bring either your own instrument and proof that you can play it, or if you are completely naked to prove that you bring no recording device (the dream of any stage-fright-stricken musician come true at last). Composers will still get paid, but only once per song (e.g. for mobile ringtones, movie scores etc.)
This way, only amateur musicians can afford to be famous, because they'll be the only ones left on youtube, and they'll form kind of an open source community, where acknowledgement is the only currency exchanged. They will be much hated by the professionals.
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