The Redeye Complex


Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This week in music news.

Its not often that the music critic gets some news time. Jim DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times writes about the industry crackdown on ... mix tapes.

The economics of mix tapes are simple: Artists who produce their own keep the profits from sales after production and distribution costs. DJs who compile the work of numerous artists sometimes buy the songs from those performers, or sometimes get them for free from artists seeking valuable exposure and promotion -- though there clearly are also cases where mix-tape DJs use songs without securing anyone's permission or financially compensating any of the creators.

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