( Via The Future of Music, Media & Entertainment)
A recent Pew Internet survey of artists and musicians in the US has revealed that a large majority have embraced the Internet and consider it to be a helpful tool to their careers.
- 32+ million Americans consider themselves artists and about 10 million of them get some kind of compensation for their creations and performances; American artists have embraced the Internet as a creative and inspiration - enhancing workspace where they can communicate, collaborate, and promote their work;
- Artists are divided, but not deeply concerned about the file sharing that happens online; They want control over their creations, but most do not say Internet piracy is a big threat;
- Artists think unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing should be illegal, and most would go after the companies, rather than individual file-sharers;
- Online artists are also active consumers of media content online. But those who download files say if they get content for free, they usually support the artist or author in other ways.