How Music Gets Leaked

by Mohit Arora on May 14, 2009


Although this image seems to be missing a few suspects, below is an infographic showing some of the usual suspects involved with music being leaked before release:


At The Studio: As soon as a record is finished, anyone from the producer to the engineer to the band members can spoil the fun. (4 months before release)

At The Label: Labels send albums to companies like Sonic Arts to add a digital encryption code that can identify evildoers…but not necessarily stop them. (3 1/2 months before release)

By The Press: Considered to be the most common source of album leakage, watermarks or not. Oops! (3 months before release)

At The Plant: While in the process of being manufactured, a CD is ostensibly secured under lock and key, but sometimes copies fall off the back of trucks. (1 month before release)

At The Warehouse: Once CDs await shipping to retailers, it’s virtually guaranteed that a copy will find its way online. (2 weeks before release)

At Retail: And of course, once an album is for sale online and in stores, all bets are off.

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Vicious May 14, 2009 at 9:48 PM

I Love it!!

youngfreshnew May 14, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Wow this is an amazing photo to show how music gets leaked. I have always blame who ever get the actual audio first. And I firmly believe that Labels do leaks tracks to create buzz.

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