These days it seems like everyone is talking about file sharing or more on how it’s bad and evil and how it should be banned. OiNK was shut down in October; Demonoid had several problems in September and shut down the site in November [although rumours it will be back up are still about]; not to mention all the other sites that are constantly going down, getting sued, etc.
One of the main arguments is that downloading pirated music doesn’t harm the company, but the artists. Does it really?
“What is important for the music industry to understand is that this really doesn’t hurt the artists.”
“A young fan may be just as devout and dedicated no matter if he bought it or stole it.”
“The concerts are crowded and the industry must understand that they have to manage all the 360 degrees around an artist. They, (the industry), have to maximize their income from concerts and merchandise. It is the only way they can get their marketing money back.”
“The main problem is that the artists are not getting as much help developing as before file-sharing. They are now learning to peddle ringtones, not records” he said.
Whilst he isn’t anyone I would normally pay any attention to, he does raise an interesting point. Artists could do more concerts or sell other merchandise to make up for the lost money which would be nice for the fans as well. What about artists that don’t tour and only release studio albums though? Or those too unknown to pull a big crowd? Doesn’t it ultimately mean the industry will take even less chances?