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Gene Simmons Angry Music Industry “Didn’t Have Balls” to Sue-Em-All

Gene Simmons Angry Music Industry “Didn’t Have Balls” to Sue-Em-All

Kiss frontman says that artists need to protect their brand and be litigious as possible, paving the way for him to blast the music industry for being “asleep at the wheel” and for not “having the balls to go and sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded a clip.”

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has always been outspoken in his criticism of how the music industry is changing in the face of P2P, recently adding to that by blasting the music industry for not having sued nearly enough people over the years.

Earlier this morning he told an audience gathered at the ongoing MIPCOM media content conference in Cannes, France that many have forgotten that music is a business and that artists have a “fiduciary duty” to “maximise any potential and minimise any exposure.” To him this means protecting your brand and “be litigious, sue anybody ” take their homes, their cars, don’t let anybody cross that line.”

This is where he torn into illegal file-sharers.

“The music industry was asleep at the wheel and didn’t have the balls to go and sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded a clip,” and that because of that “we’re left with hundreds of people without jobs.”

The advice sounds fine in theory, but the music industry spent tens of millions of dollars to recoup a mere several hundred thousand, and managed to put no practical dent in the practice of illegal file-sharing, if any at all. In fact, from 2006 to 2008 alone it spent more than $63.6M to recoup barely $1.4M. Sure the deterrent effect can’t be measured in dollars and cents, but at some point the cost of “having balls” becomes too great, especially if it means angering more and more of your file-sharing customers, the ones numerous studies have found buy more music than non-file-sharers.

He then goes on to compare file-sharers with “cute foxes” that must be dealt with, and that if you don’t they’ll steal all your eggs, kill all your chickens, and cause all your loved ones to hate you.

“Don’t let any cute foxes get near your henhouse,” he warned.

Simmons has long been a critic of the emerging digital music landscape, also having said that Radiohead must have been on “fucking crack” for allowing fans to pay whatever they want for copies of their album “In Rainbows.”

Even back then he was comparing music to eggs and file-sharers to foxes, and arguing that “every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth.”

It’s nice to know he’s been consistent over the years, but the sad thing is that he’s apparently wasted all this time not figuring out a way to take advantage of digital distribution. Perhaps the reason why is that he’s been making so much money from touring and merchandise, the real source of an artist’s road to wealth.

Somebody also ought to tell him that artists are owning more “chickens” and “eggs” these days being that their income is up 66% since the birth of Napster back in 1999.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Stan
Stan

I have read all the comments and it sounds 2 me that alot r angry,stupid,young,incompetent,and totally out of line on ur personnell statements about mr.Simmons remember dont make it prominent 2 attack a single human even if u r jealous

Les
Les

Seeing how the media/entertainment industry is so very very infested with lie-beral degenerates, internet piracy or any other means by which to take a bite out of their income isn't a bad thing at all.

Scary Devil monastery
Scary Devil monastery

Most telling is he rags on Radiohead despite the fact they made money from their attempts. And completely fails to realize it's his own fans - his customer base, the people who come to his tours - who he is burning at the stake.Honestly, let's just leave this sad old relic to wither on the vine.

The Miz
The Miz

Gene Simmons looks like he's been sucking too much cack lately.

anon howard
anon howard

If you think that Gene is a real musician and a serious about music and songcraft then go with what he says. OTOH if you think he is a hack then blow him off.

Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger

He's just mad 'cuz he's a has been and can't get pussy for free anymore.

twilight
twilight

I see, your pyramid of producers and owners and performers deserve all the jobs, while the offspring of those who made you *ahem* rock gods deserve a life of debt and "fiduciary responsibility". May You and your whole cadre of yes men live interesting times. P.s. I saw you on that video claiming that any body who played the new video game would know what it's like to be a rock star. Lies!

Fuck Gene Simmons and his 2 inch penis
Fuck Gene Simmons and his 2 inch penis

I've hated KISS for as long as I can remember - coming up on 40 years now. Simmons has about half the talent of a steaming pool of diarrhea ejected from a dysenteric elephant.The sooner his revenue source dries up, the sooner we will have the pleasure of watching him shrivel up and die. Be part of the solution: spare a corner of your hard drive or seedbox to download and seed their crappy songs in perpetuity.Together we can do it.

Blixx
Blixx

Coming from a man who wears tights and makeup to work. Impotent, greasy, money-grubbing senior citizen who never grew up.

Howard Beale
Howard Beale

There are no volatile industries, only bad management.

Anon
Anon

What a big headed idiot? but for all his "I'm the man" when it comes to marketing! why has he not embraced the most powerful marketing tool of all time "The Internet" Regarding the sue em all attitude! out of every negative there has to be a positive. The guy is on one big ego trip & he hasn't any skeletons in his cupboard?

Erik
Erik

KISS, U2, Metallica... get with the times. You can't expect to get rich and stay rich the same way you did decades ago. The business model is changing drastically to the chagrin of the dinosaur industry.

Signa
Signa

Well, he's right about one thing; foxes are quite cute.

Rigostar
Rigostar

I don't think anyone should download a single Kiss song or an album or anything else related to Kiss. And wouldn't it be a better world if Kiss and especially GS had never existed?

Anon
Anon

Let the musicians make music and the marketers market the stuff gene, no one wants to hear hat an aging drag queen has to say about business. Nah KISS rocks tho \m/

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

"Gene Simmons Angry Music Industry “Didn’t Have Balls” to Sue-Em-All"Dear Simmons,First, you have to pony up an extra 2 billion a year to finance the campaign (which will never get a return on investment) for the next 50 to 200 years.Until you can afford such a waste of time, effort, publicity and money, STFU.-Drew

i hate kiss
i hate kiss

Currently seeding the entire KISS discography just to spite him. KISS sucks.

10pound
10pound

I'm angry that this hack and his "band" were so successful. They suck and hes the worst of the lot.

F Kiss
F Kiss

Every watch a few minutes of his lame reality show? He comes across as the most ridiculous greedy obnoxious a hole around. He lucked into the KISS corporation and thinks he's talented and entitled. He's exactly whats wrong with the music business and people in general in Hollywood. All nicely wrapped in a convenient 200lb sh!tsack.

Aerik
Aerik

Cou(tool!)gh! Excuse me. What a moron.

Ivory Towers
Ivory Towers

What a fat old gay boy old Gene has become. You retarded pompous fat old gas bag.

Rob
Rob

What a retard. Can't wait until the misinformed and bigoted older generation die off, so we can have our freedom.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, rock on! What a faggot Gene is.



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