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Music distribution – Six models

Posted by Miranda on December 30, 2007

David Byrne has a very interesting article at Wired: David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars.
The main thrust of the article is that where in the fairly recent past there was one distribution model, the record label bankrolls everything and the artist gives up a lot of control, now there are six. He does a good job of enumerating and discussing the merits of each.
Of particular interest to me, copyright’s obnoxious Ms. Manners at school, is

I would personally advise artists to hold on to their publishing rights (well, as much of them as they can). Publishing royalties are how you get paid if someone covers, samples, or licenses your song for a movie or commercial. This, for a songwriter, is your pension plan.

as well as a few more along those lines

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