Oh! go take a dive, Jack Sparrow. Music piracy is for many a subject of debate – it never has been for me. It’s just outright thievery. I’ve heard people argue that record companies rip artistes off and we’re just ripping off the record companies and so it’s ok. How lame is that? What they’re doing, even if this is entirely true, is steal from the artistes even that little they get. And these days, so many artistes record and release their music independently. So why would these people not pay for that? How would they like it if the work they do gets them nothing because the clients or the companies they work for cheat them of their compensation?
Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.
My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…
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