How to Properly Destroy A Band’s Income

How to Properly Destroy A Band’s Income

5/21/12

Written by Lyla Page

Edited by Troy Swiatek

-~> We all know the feeling of finding out a favorite band is on tour near us – excitement is the first thing we feel, but despite our love for the band, the price of concert tickets often stops us from going to the show. One might wonder why ticket prices have been on a rise for several years now, and the answer is very simple: it’s the result of illegal downloading. Illegal torrenting, through the form of sites like MegaUpload, which was recently shut down for severe copyright infringement (not to mention advocating criminal activity on the Internet), has seared across the Internet, dragging in users with the promise of freealbeit copyrighted – material. The idea of downloading movies and music for free has sucked in millions of Americans, with IFPI claiming that 95% of music downloads are illegal. This form of downloading, often referred to as piracy, is better described, pure and simple, as stealing. Paying nothing for individuals’ copyrighted work is inexcusable, yet sites such as MegaUpload eagerly promote such theft. Granted, MegaUpload offers the “useful” features of sharing files, such as photo albums and documents, options which are highly functional. However, it must be remembered that while MegaUplaod, generally speaking, did not directly host copyrighted files; they offered direct routes to said files. One MegaUpload employee described the nature of the site as “We’re not pirates; we’re just providing shipping services to pirates.” Offering an alternative to piracy, Spotify is a site that offers free music-sharing services, all protected under copyright laws. Data has shown a correlation between the number of downloads since Spotify came on the radar; illegal downloads have noticeably decreased.

-~> One can argue that illegal downloads have also decreased as a result of piracy education. According to the RIAA, only 35% of Americans knew that freely downloading copyrighted files was violating the law. Studies have shown that teenagers who have been educated on the topic of piracy are less likely to download, so it is certainly possible that piracy education will become a cornerstone in ending illegal downloading. A certain irony is found in the debacle – many of the same individuals who complained about SOPA, a bill designed to end piracy and one that would supposedly censor the Internet, were the same individuals that knowingly downloaded copyrighted material. While others’ refusal to illegal download may stem from a combination of morals, education, and Spotify, the ultimate driving force in ending downloading will be increased concert ticket prices. Remember this the next time you go to buy seemingly overpriced tickets for a band like Radiohead, who gave up on (selling) records and instead chose to make their profits through ticket sales – right, didn’t you just download their last album?

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~ by Musical Indulgence on May 21, 2012.

One Response to “How to Properly Destroy A Band’s Income”

  1. * Goes back to torrenting Grimes discog *

    Feels good, man

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