How to get fans to pay for downloadable music from the Internet was a
hot topic at Webnoize '99, the digital-music conference held from Monday
(Nov. 15) through Wednesday in Los Angeles. Representatives from about
400 companies converged at the Century Plaza Hotel to discuss such issues
as piracy and the effects of high-speed Internet connections, which
expedite the transfer of information. During an artist panel, rapper
Ice-T stressed the importance of artists' gaining control of their
music. The label "is like the pimp and the artist is the ho," he said.
"Basically, on the Web, you can pimp yourself."