New software/digital rights — management service SafeSell (www.safesell.com) allows artists to deliver work to their audience for no charge and then receive payment from their fans. Artists and indie labels pay nothing to set up with SafeSell; they only need a Website. SafeSell provides encoding and handles payment, 70 percent of which goes to the content owner. Clients can monitor their accounts for sales information, which is updated on an hourly basis. Every month, SafeSell transfers revenue to clients by electronic payment.
In other online activity, the new Napster.com boasts more than 2 million major and indie-label tracks, and features NapsterLinks and the soon-to-be-released Narchive. NapsterLinks allows users to add links to Napster music to e-mails, instant messages, blogs and Websites. The Narchive is a public music archive where users are invited to contribute to the “People's History of Music.” The Narchive, which will be available in beta shortly, offers original artist biographical information and photos.