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She turned me into a newt!
When I was a kid, all it took was my mom to say 'Santa's watching..." That would freeze me in my tracks even in June.
Happened to me. Now my bands domain is parked for five years, and because the guy who parked it originally died, it's locked until it goes up on the market again.
...at which point we'll be huge rock stars and someone will extort lots of money from us to sell the rights of use back to us.
That's the second time in three days that this has been relevant.
To me, this is, inherently, an issue of human error. Overworked, exhausted, undercoffee'd PR guy who just finished a, more than likely, exhausting and stressful marketing conference, tried doing the right thing, and messed up.
So if the independent has to buy off of chains like Walmart, then what about Walmart's censorship policies? Will I ever be able to buy subversive CDs ever again? Or will this just be the beginning of yet another middle person in the supply chain, once again causing the prices of new CDs to rise?
My band has decided to just stay out of it. We're going the Ben Folds route; release everything on 7" vinyl singles, with an available digital download. That way they get their album artwork, and the files to go on their iPods and such.
On the other hand, though, it makes deviously good business sense for EMI to work this way. By limiting themselves to large volume wholesale, their job becomes increasingly easier, so you really can't blame them for being shrewd.
I'm still gonna have to go get my pitchfork and torch on this one though, as a card carrying independent musician, I am fundamentally opposed to anything EMI does, or any of the other big four for that matter.
Thank you Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.