Starving the Artist is FREE Forever. Download the Free E-Book.

Starving the Artist is FREE Forever. Download the Free E-Book.

My book, ‘Starving the Artist: How the Internet Culture of “Free” Threatens to Exterminate the Creative Class and What Can Be Done to Save It’ is, from this point forward, free FOREVER as a PDF download. Yes, it sounds ironic – but if you read the book you’ll understand the point here. I wrote Starving the Artist. It is mine. I alone have the right to determine how much it should cost. And now, with all the back-and-forth over property rights, I’ve decided it’s more important for people to read…

Download ‘Starving the Artist’ for FREE Today During the SOPA Blackouts

Download ‘Starving the Artist’ for FREE Today During the SOPA Blackouts

If you’ve been paying much attention to any of the tech news lately, you’re aware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that’s currently being debated at the Federal level. You’re probably also aware of the fact that many sites, including Wikipedia, Google, Scribd and others are protesting the legislation – some going as far as to black out their entire sites today to bring attention to the issue. I’ve read SOPA, and agree that there are some areas where it definitely needs work (in particular the forced removal or…

Internal Emails from Grooveshark: Ask for Permission Later

Internal Emails from Grooveshark: Ask for Permission Later

Had they bothered to read my book, Starving the Artist, this wouldn’t have really been all that shocking. I have an entire section on Grooveshark – including public tweets they sent out to me that basically said the exact same thing years ago. Judging from internal emails, Grooveshark opted for forgiveness. In a April 27, 2010 email to Sina Simantob, a Escape Media Group director, Andrew B. Lipsher, then a partner at private equity firm Greycroft Partners, explained that he understands "the ask forgiveness and not permission strategy. It is…

Quote from David Israelite, President of the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA)

Quote from David Israelite, President of the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA)

I received a nice e-mail today from David Israelite, the President of the National Music Publisher’s Association, regarding my book, Starving the Artist. He’d just finished reading it, and had the following to say: “Starving the Artist makes a compelling case why songwriters deserve to be compensated for their creations.  Aicher exposes the illogical nature of those who try to justify the theft of music.  Everyone who loves music should read this book.” So there you have it, if you love music, buy my book. 🙂

Interview at The Copyright Alliance about ‘Starving the Artist’

Interview at The Copyright Alliance about ‘Starving the Artist’

Recently I was contacted by The Copyright Alliance to answer a few interview questions about my latest book, Starving the Artist.  Part One of the Interview is now available, and Part Two is coming tomorrow can be read here.. For those of you unfamiliar with The Copyright Alliance, they are a “a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth.” They’re also the recent recipient of the Arnold Broido Award for Copyright Advocacy. All-in-all, they’re a fantastic organization (in my…

Starving the Artist: Amazon 4-for-3 Promotion / BN.com Sale

Starving the Artist: Amazon 4-for-3 Promotion / BN.com Sale

Just a quick update for those of you who are interested in picking up a physical paperback copy of my new book, Starving the Artist: How the Internet Culture of Free Threatens to Exterminate the Creative Class and What Can Be Done to Save It – the book is now eligible for Amazon.com’s 4-for-3 promotion, where when you purchase any three eligible items, you receive a fourth for free.  So, if you were looking to get three other eligible books you could get Starving the Artist for FREE.  Also, if…