An interesting story is developing in music blogs as IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) has requested payment from some of the larger music blogs in Ireland. Blogs have always existed in a grey area regarding their use of links to and hosting of on-line music. There was a recent cull on google’s own blogger site, where they got rid of all sites that linked to illegal music sites. This was done without warning, and was obviously annoying to all those involved, especially those who felt they were linking to music with permission of the artist involved.
A lot of blogs are hobby sites, with their writers receiving no payment for their hours. Some of the blogger’s involved in the IMRO case say that they receive up to 300 emails per week from PR companies and agents asking them to write about their artist, and it is now considered a normal way for a small band to break through to the main stream. Is the music industry trying to kill this? Do they want to be able to control which artist rise to the surface?
You can read about it here! A lot of people getting very annoyed about it. They meet with IMRO tomorrow to discuss the payments, so we shall see how it develops.