An article called Bootlegs Go Corporate: Record Companies Sell Instant Recording of Concerts in Effort to Combat Piracy by Ethan Smith was published in the September 27, 2005 edition of the Wall Street Journal. (You must have a paid subscription in order to read the article.) The photo show Tori playing the Bosey during her June 3, 2005 show at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London, UK. Since the article requires a subscription, I will not post the entire article on The Dent. But I have included some snippets of it that included Tori that you can now read.
Thanks to Joel for sending me the text to the article. Thanks also to Katie and Tania for also letting me know about this. You can see excepts from the article below, including the parts that mention Tori. You must subscribe to the Wall Street Journal in order to read the entire thing:
Bootleg concert recordings are going legit.
The music industry has been fighting a losing battle against illegal recordings of live shows that circulate among fans. That fight is part of wider piracy problems the record labels blame for a steep decline in CD sales. But, now, some of the biggest music companies are betting on the unlikely solution of making and selling their own recordings of concerts, sometimes making them available just minutes after a performance ends.
Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG, operates a Web site called ShopBootlegs.com, which sells live recordings of a handful of its acts, including Tori Amos, Jeff Beck and Los Lonely Boys, for $6.98 to $13.98. A new venture backed by Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. launched last week and is set to broadcast concerts live on the Internet and through other channels.
The new services are part of the music industry's efforts to pull itself out of the doldrums. The industry has been battling declining sales since 1999. World-wide sales have fallen 13% in the past six years, to $32 billion. This year in the U.S., album sales are down by more than 8% compared with last year. That decline has been mitigated -- though far from offset entirely -- by the rapid growth in online sales of digital tracks through outlets like Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store.