Archived Blog Post: August 11, 2000

Making money in a "copyright-free" world - "The artist once again known as Prince was onto something when he sold his five-CD set 'Crystal Ball' exclusively on the Web without the help of record companies, distributors, or record stores. On his website, he advertised the album and told his fans he would release not one song until he had 100,000 pre-orders for the entire record. He sold 250,000 copies and kept 95 percent of the revenue which industry experts estimate at $5 million."