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“To say the least, songwriters and artists are pissed off. Some firmly believe that the modern day recording artist/songwriter is under siege. They fight their labels, their fans, online distribution services, Internet radio, antagonistic courts, and government indifference. For artists, touring is harder than ever and their copyright property has been drastically devalued. For songwriters it is even worse – they don’t tour, sell merchandise, appear in movies or endorse products.
The point is many songwriters and artists are simply not satisfied at all with the state of affairs in the music business. Rather, they believe there is much wrong with this so called “digital revolution.” And now artists and songwriters are starting to push back.
While there have been episodes of artist discontent and activism in the past, this recent uptick is somewhat unprecedented – and perhaps even more important, artists for the first time are now using social media to engage in their own form of digital activism.
In recent months, artists like David Byrne, Trent Rezner, Thom Yorke, David Lowery, Mike Mills, and John McCrea, have taken to the Internet to voice their dissatisfaction with the digital services and laws that protect them. One artist, Blake Morgan, started the I Respect Music viral campaign.”