tony baldwin

tony baldwin

stop worrying and learn to embrace the business models that are already helping musicians make plenty of money and use file sharing to their advantage, even in the absence of licensing or copyright enforcement. In simplest terms, the model can be defined as: Connect with Fans (CwF) Reason to Buy (RtB) = The Business Model Sound simple? It is, if you understand the basics — and it can be incredibly lucrative. The problem, of course, is that very few seem to fully understand how this model works. However, let’s go through some examples. Trent Reznor, the man behind the band Nine Inch Nails, has done so many experiments that show how this model works that it’s difficult to describe them all. He’s become a true leader in showing how this model works in a way that has earned him millions while making fans happy, rather than turning them into the enemy. Reznor has always reached out to his fans, and has an amazingly comprehensive website, with forums, chat rooms and many other ways of interacting. He encourages fans to better connect with each other as well. While companies like Warner Music forced all the music videos of their artists off YouTube for many months, Reznor actually aggregates all the videos his fans take at concerts (he encourages them to bring cameras) on one page on his own website. He does the same for photos. He released a (free) iPhone app that allowed fans to locate each other, and communicate with each other, while sharing photos and videos as well. It’s all about connecting with those fans, and helping them better connect with each other, so they feel like a part of a club. From there, he gives fans real reasons to buy. Lately, he’s taken to releasing everything he records for free online, knowing that the music will show up on file sharing sites anyway, so he sees no reason to fight it. Yet, he adds many other options that people might want to buy. With his release of the album Ghosts I-IV, he released all the tracks under a Creative Commons license that allowed anyone to share them online for free. Yet, he also set up some cool “reasons to buy.” You could get the two disc CD, if you wanted, for just $10. Above that, though, was a Deluxe Edition Package, for $75. It was, effectively, a box set, but around a single album. Beyond the two CDs, it also included a DVD and a Blu-ray and a photobook of images. Where the experiment got even more interesting was that he offered up the $300 Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package — of which there was a limit of just 2,500 available. This was an even more impressive “box” that also included the songs on high quality vinyl, and some beautiful giclée print images. But, most interesting of all was that that limited set of 2,500 were all signed by Reznor himself. It took just 30 hours for all 2,500 to sell out, bringing in $750,000 in just over a day. For music he was giving away for free. But, by connecting with fans, and giving them a reason to buy, they did. In the first week alone, combining all the other offerings for Ghosts I-IV, Reznor brought in $1.6 million. Again, this is for music he was giving away for free. The idea that you “can’t compete with free” or that free means there’s no business model is a myth. As Reznor and others have recognized, when the music goes free, it opens up new opportunities for better, stronger, more efficient business models. Reznor’s next album, The Slip, was released just a few months later, and again, was given away entirely free, but it was released the very same day as he announced his next Nine Inch Nails tour. All he asked, if you wanted to download the music, was that you provide an email address. He then gave fans the option of what quality to download the songs — all the way up to lossless FLAC files. All for free. But, if you downloaded the files, you also learned about the tour, and the tickets were quickly snapped up. The free music didn’t hurt Reznor’s ability to earn money. It enhanced it. By connecting with fans and giving them a reason to buy, he’s been able to thrive.

tagged: #music #sharing #drm #free #reznor #nin #industry #business #piracy


New Study Shows Anti-Choice Policies Leading to Widespread Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women




•A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth.

•After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived.

•A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion.

•A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed.

•A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider.

•In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

•A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.

Who could have seen this coming?

Reblogging as a reminder.

This shite is so fucked up. I can’t fucking believe this shite.

(via socialistexan)


tagged: #healthcare #affordable care act #obamacare


tagged: #carlaharveycoates #heidishepherd #butcherbabies


Rocksstar Mayhem

Yesterday, I saw some this, live (and ate an arseton of dirt in the Motionless in White mosh pit).

Highlights of the day, for me, were the Motionless in White set (and, as mentioned, brutal fucking mosh pit), and John 5's guitar solo during the Zombie set, meeting the Butcher Babies (pix later), and hanging with Chris Warner (drummer for Butcher Babies) after the show.

Also at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival were Born of Osiris, Huntress, Children of Bodom,

#robzombie #motionlessinwhite #mastodon #amonamarth #metal

tagged: #robzombie #motionlessinwhite #mastodon #amonamarth #metal


tagged: #cycling


U2 :: 1978-06-xx :: Street Mission :: Youngline ( TV Show ) (by TheU2Wire)

tagged: #u2 #bono #adam clayton #the edge #larry mullen jr.


tagged: #sand pit turtle


Bring Me The Horizon ‘Crucify Me’ Music Video (by DayCleezy)

tagged: #bmth #bring me the fucking horizon #crucify me


Tony’s Runlog

Wed Jul 17 09:58:39 EDT 2013

Distance: 4.9 mi
Time 00:43:32 
Pace: 08:53 min/mi
Weight: 140 (-5 from initial 145)
Calories: 519.16480
BG: 102
Temp: 88°F / 31°C
Home, Fort Nathan Hale Park, Townsend, Home
Longest run since I started again,
and I absolutely can’t believe my pace!
I was running 11min/mil 3 months ago,
and today, I finally got under 9 min.,
on my longest run in probably 15 years.

@Runner #running
posted with runlog -

tagged: #running