Recently, comedian Louis CK released his new comedy special via the internet, DRM free, for five bucks. By all accounts, it was a huge success. He wrote a statement about the process, on his website, that I think is beneficial to readers. Musicians have flirted with this model for a while - and getting Louie's, never dull, take on how it worked out ... is worth the read. Also, just the other day, he did a chat with Reddit where he was asked about piracy. His answer, I also think is applicable.
I love that this got posted on the front page. This special is unreal, and the way he released it is awesome. Louie is one of the funniest dudes around. I hope people read what he has to say about this project, and actually check the special out.
Ha Louie is one of the funniest comedians around so I'm glad you put this up to bring it to my attention as I just went ahead and bought it.
Good for Louie and musicians/other artists.
I'm a musician myself and realllly like this model and services like BandCamp and believe that there should be no barrier between an artist and a fan.
The model being: Pay a small price for the art/material in question and the artist receives the near 100%/lion's share. There's little to no middle men involved so you can afford to offer the material at lower prices and still make as much as you would charging higher prices but receiving lower cuts for yourself. At lower prices, more people buy your stuff, you get more fans, etc.
I really hope this becomes the norm someday soon because it assigns a more acceptable value to material which people are able to pay, and if they know that most of the money actually goes to the person creating the material they'd be more inclined to support them.