Majority of Musicians Embrace Online Medium Despite Piracy

Pew Internet & American Life ProjectSo says a Pew Internet survey. So what? Well, it's significant considering many musicians' views 5-10 years ago, which were cautious or unfamiliar with the term (as was the music industry).

Results indicate most US artists and musicians now embrace the online medium as a means of marketing and displaying work, despite the potential for piracy and copyright violation. Among the findings were:

> 32 million Americans consider themselves artists and about 10 million of them get some kind of compensation for their creations and performances.
> They want control over their creations, but most do not say Internet piracy is a big threat.
> Online artists are also active consumers of media content online.

See more findings at Gerd Leonhard's blog, The Future of Music, Media, & Entertainment. (Survey by Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Artists, Musicians, and the Internet." Thanks to Gerd for pointing it out.)

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