You know with your motto "It's like piracy, but better, because the creator makes money," I really think you guys could turn a good profit on streaming movies and tv shows. You could partner with the rights holder to stream the specific content or setup an aggregator system where people can sell their own indie movies on Spotify. Sure, it would probably increase your server space, but the money being received from it could be much more than the cost of a few more servers and warehouses each month. Free users could watch with multiple ad breaks in between like on television, while premium or a slightly more expensive premium for movies and tv shows could watch without ad breaks. Maybe free users could watch in Standard Definition with ads and premium watch in HD without ads. Another option would be an option to pay for a movie to stream without ad breaks, that way it encourages users to either subscribe for all content or constantly pay for different movies they want to watch. In a way it would be similar to a movie theater, but online. I hope you consider it since most media selling platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon already sell movies and tv shows along with music, but you could be the first to stream it and be VERY successful. From a business standpoint, I only see one way of losing: if everyone just pirates from now on and forever, but that would put your music streaming out of business as well, so triple threat or just music? Your choice.
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I am unsure if this is a duplicate idea, but if it is, that is okay, at least it is already being considered.
There should be a Spotify feature where you post a rare or hard-to-find album by an artist on Spotify, or other albums not normally found on Spotify, and not get in trouble, in an isolated publishing area. This is where the original artist will still make money from whatever is posted regardless and not the listener who posts the copyrighted material, who must understand that they aren't to make money for what they post and their real intention is for the actual artist to make money from something they should put on Spotify in general, and to make it accessible to others.
The unofficial posts should be tagged or labeled as an unofficial post, and there should be an option to show or hide the unofficial posts on the artist page. Spotify must also check the quality of whatever is posted just so A) they can correct the metadata information to associate the post to the right artist, B) determine and assure whether or not the sound quality is good for people to consume the music, and C) check for duplicates.
As far as the artists go, in order to post an unofficial release, the artist must already be a member on Spotify, for this is how the artists make money from people playing the music. That means if Def Leppard is nowhere to be found in the database (by the way, their live stuff is), an unofficial post that has to do with Def Leppard will be rejected.
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