Models for distribution of cultural content
This page is an attempt to draft an efficient and ethical distribution system for cultural content. In the context of the clash between production lobbies and the general public.
The issue is particularly sensitive in the field of music but has already spread to cinema and videogames and will soon affect literature. It would be good to keep a wide angle focus on the terms "artist".
The current model
An artist only produces art.
For the needs of production, promotion, distribution, artist usually hire producers (distributors, editors... the name varies). The producers usually takes a major part of the revenue generated (90% for record producers and book editors). In most cases, the copyright to the creation is shared between the artist and the producer.
The distribution model usually involves printing hard copies of a digital content, shipping it to the sales point and selling them with huge margins ; and suppressing peer to peer sharing of the content.
It should be too hard to find a more efficient alternative.