"Ripping of Indie Producers, and having fun at it!"
Any independent artist, filmmaker and musician knows the
challenges and hurdles of getting their content out to the public, while
at the same time trying to make some money, or at least break-even
to cover their costs. An independent film can take anywhere from one
to four (or more) years to conceive, the last task, then, is to find
proper distribution. There are several websites online that
(apparently) fill this need and cater to – mainly young – independent
artists, filmmakers and musicians.
In conjunction with Princeton School of Media Studies the
following is a study investigating these so-called “opportunities” on
the Internet and assess the legal implications. This three-year study
was conducted between the years 2005-2008 and followed the path
of over 500 independent artists, from over 20 countries, using several
websites under investigation.
This abbreviated study followed the independent artists and
their dealings with the Internet platforms in all aspects
(communication, signing-up, legal aspects, royalty awards, marketing
and sales activity). The five selected websites under scrutiny were B-
side, Filmbaby, Eztakes, Indieflix and Jaman. As will be seen, several
of these websites are, not only failing to properly address the needs
of independent content creators, but ACTIVELY deceive, manipulate,
defraud and cheat these creative people.