About 2 weeks ago I had a Australian facebook friend who was ranting about some small time Record Label taking one of her original songs and putting another name on it, and then uploading it online for the purpose of sales. She’s in the heavy metal genre and she had just released the song a day or two before when she discovered that she was being “song sharked”. She said that her lawyers were taking care of the situation but I’m not sure how it all played out.
The song that was stolen didn’t seem exceptional by any means. I actually thought it was pretty forgettable. I have a hard time seeing how anyone is going to make much, if any coin from thieving music like this, especially in a genre like Metal. Fans of Heavy Metal bands and most genres want to dig into the artists brand, image and personality before they commit to buying. Maybe there are Record Labels that steal songs from far and wide and then compile them into digital records. Is it possible that if they steal a huge amount of songs they can make a bit of money?
It just seems to me that in this modern age of music, it must be hard making money as a scum bag, Song Shark? Anyone have some thoughts on this?
Oh, and how the hell does the average artist/ songwriter protect themselves from this kind of thing? Not everyone can afford music lawyers?
PS. I’m not sure this topic is in the optimal category. Moderators, please move it to the correct category.