The world wide web has provided means for a person to virtually gain access to anything: movies, songs, or even books. They don’t even have to leave their house to do so. The issue with this is that it is not only illegal, but the artists and authors don’t actually know the full count of how many times people purchase or listen to their work. Album sales are going down now when reality more people are hearing an artists songs then ever. Jay-Z is one of the many artists that account for sales to be affected, and will sign deals where companies buy a million copies in advance and then realize the album to fans for free when they download an app. This mainly happens with hip-hop, but if you look at some of the album sales from years ago as compared to now, you see a vast difference. This does not mean that the artists skill level has diminished, however, people can download music from various sites which aren’t accounted for in the record sale data. I personally will take a song from youtube and convert it to an MP3 format. Even the top albums and Grammy winning albums seem to have sold less then albums in the past, when in reality more people are hearing their songs due to youtube and leaked versions being available all over the internet. Why spend the $1.29 on youtube when you can easily get the song somewhere else? The number of people listening has not gone down, especially when you look at Eminem’s Album “Love the Way You Lie” had one of the highest gross incomes in terms of digital copies. The fans are still there but they have given into the most convenient way to get access to a song, the internet. Rappers have been finding new ways to avoid this from happening. Jay-Z had connections with Samsung and from that he got his album to release early; the Thursday before it was supposed to come out. He signed a deal in which they paid him five million to have first access to his album. The deal was that if fans downloaded a special Samsung application off the android the would get the album for free before anyone else who didn’t do this. The first time anyone heard his album was when Samsung leaked it through the signed deal. By doing this, Jay-Z did not lose any money for his album, and got an immediate gratifying five million on top of whatever else his album actually made when it came out.
I’ll admit, I was a fan of the Twilight books, and upon completion and the success of the movies, Stephanie Meyer began to write a version of the books- not from Bella’s point of view but from Edward’s. The book was to be called “The Midnight Sun.” When the version of the book was released, Meyer was so hurt that she stopped writing the book all together.
“As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher.”
“I have a good idea of how the leak happened as there were very few copies of Midnight Sun that left my possession and each was unique. Due to little changes I made to the manuscript at different times, I can tell when each left my possession and to whom it was given. The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was given to trusted individuals for a good purpose. I have no comment beyond that as I believe that there was no malicious intent with the initial distribution.”
I read the few chapters that had been posted after Meyer directly linked it to her blog site, and I wish she had continued writing the book. Leaking on the internet has drastically hurt all forms of entertainers and there now is a scramble to find ways around being affected.