Saturday, February 16, 2008

the ethics of pirate blogging

i came across another site today that provides illegal links to music for download. my friend mentioned this to me as supposedly one of the largest pirate sites about. just a quick look suggests that this is probably the case: the catalogue of releases available for a 'cheeky' is pretty serious (both the categories 'minimal' and 'techno' each have over 1,000 posts). admittedly, the problems of illegal downloads for techno have been well rehearsed and there is no need to go over them again. and clearly a site that links one single track to download is different from one that provides a regular stream of full releases - eps, lps, the works. but for me, what separates the site in question from these others is that this one actually has the nerve to advertise. i dont want to get into the ethics of illegal downloading and what that means is terms of stealing from artists, but this site is on a whole other level - actually profiting from providing this music for free. it even actually has an email address to contact about advertising on the site! the site's catch phrase is 'all we know is music', but clearly they also know a thing or two about making a quick buck on the side. i find something really repulsive about all of this - the blatantness of it, the complete disrespect for the artists by happily providing whole back catalogues, and actually seeking to profit from all of this. i am not trying to get too high and mighty - i admit i've had downloaded music from such blogs, but i feel this site in particular, especially as they are actually profiting from it, is on a different level: there is something seriously wrong about all of this...

chris

5 comments:

  1. scumbags through and through. always good to email the labels and give them a heads up about sites like this

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  2. kwality_stuff@excite.comFebruary 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    ^^^
    Word, they're assholes. I'm about to release my first ep and it's gutting to think fuckers like this just whack it up on the web for free.

    So what can be done? If they're making $$$ out of it there's no excuse. Is there any sort of service that can help labels deal with this? Maybe their should be?

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  3. when i first read your post i felt angry & planned on asking how we could wage war on these morons.

    once i remembered its not something we can control it made me think of an article in the current issue of djmag re. the future of record labels. there are some interesting ideas in there so the moral of my story is... we need to come up with some fresh ideas people! read it & discuss...

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  4. damn. i just wrote a long reply and it disappeared somewhere. anyway, i think i shall do a new extra post on this.

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  5. Whats the website?

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Say something constructive, bitte. Or if you're gonna take a swipe, at least sharpen your nails.

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