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[TECHDIRT] The Promo Bay Asks Artists: Would You Rather Fight Piracy... Or Have A Billion People Know You Exist

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Tim O'Reilly coined the famous saying that obscurity is a much bigger problem than piracy -- and it seems that the folks over at The Pirate Bay have constructed a simple experiment to test this aphorism out.
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I have to admit, I chuckled a little when I saw the huge banner for "The Chase".
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Any publicity is good publicity. If I were an artist trying to get noticed I'd already be "leaking" my own stuff into torrents anyway. wink.gif

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Any publicity is good publicity. If I were an artist trying to get noticed I'd already be "leaking" my own stuff into torrents anyway. wink.gif

Agreed, the short film isn't bad either.
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"I don't care what you say about me, just spell my name right" ~ P.T. Barnum

This is a pretty epic move. And if you are a stuggling artist, regardless of what your views on filesharing are, this is one of those "too good to pass up" deals.
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This is a good question, If i didnt use X site i would not be buying music that i like, Theres a lot of good music to my tastes at www.planet.mu

I found that site after listening to a lot of μ-Ziq and theres a lot of what i would say multi genre music there.

It may sound silly but i dont feel comfortable with buying music, Planet MU is ok but per purchased song all you get is a link, Download that 3 times and its dead then you will need to pay again.

I and a lot of other people do keep a backup of my songs folder but what if one day it just disappears or accidentally deleted? I would like a music store set up a lot like GOG, Music on the shelf pay once unlimited downloads it even gets me to buy stuff i just like the pictures of as it will all be on the digital shelf.
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HA, great move by The Bay. Very useful for those up-and-coming artists too.
Loved "The Chase", by the way. Great stuff thumb.gif
     
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Why don't we ask new artist "OPT" to make Torrents available so they can get the publicity they seek?

Truthfully, If it wasn't for "Free" a lot of music would never be heard, and if the listeners never hear it, then what are your chances of them buying it???

0.000000000000000001 % <<< Something like that

We all know that it's not the artist pushing the Anti-Piracy, it's the big corporations who's big labels / clients that they don't want people downloading...

The big corps are the ones behind this evil plague called Anti-Piracy.
Edited by _GTech - 2/24/12 at 10:58am
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But think of the hipsters! Whatever will they do? Their obscure music will be widespread!!
     
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It may sound silly but i dont feel comfortable with buying music, ....


Agreed. I used to buy CDs very regularly. With the CD, I owned a copy of the music and could do as I saw fit for personal use -- burn a backup copy, rip it to my PC, copy it to another device...like an MP3 player.

With the RIAA's emphasis on attacking even valid re-purposing by a purchaser for individual use and trying to get people to buy single-user listener rights to a track on just one device type (and rebuy for other device types), I stopped caring about purchasing. Instead, I listen to the radio or stream from free sites. The labels and the RIAA anti-pirated their way out of my business...and instead of getting more of my money, they now get none.

They want to have their cake and eat it too. Did I buy the physical track or just license it for my use? They would say the latter, but when I called a label and said that an old CD aged to the degree that it was now transparent and no longer playable, they said that I needed to buy it again. Wait, I thought that I bought a license for use. Now you are acting like I just bought a physical copy. If I bought the physical copy, then I am free to do with it what I want, right...including burning backup copies. Oh wait, I'm not allowed to do that because I didn't really buy a physical copy, I just bought a license for personal use. Well then, I still have that license, please replace my physical copy. Guess what they said.

Yeah, I'm not naive...and I didn't expect anything different than their response. It was just an experiment. They are greedy s***bags who will do whatever is necessary to get as much of your money as possible...but they can count me in the group that will no longer ever give them a dime. The last album that I bought was free to download and then "pay what you want". I did pay...and it went directly to the artist.
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Agreed. I used to buy CDs very regularly. With the CD, I owned a copy of the music and could do as I saw fit for personal use -- burn a backup copy, rip it to my PC, copy it to another device...like an MP3 player.
With the RIAA's emphasis on attacking even valid re-purposing by a purchaser for individual use and trying to get people to buy single-user listener rights to a track on just one device type (and rebuy for other device types), I stopped caring about purchasing. Instead, I listen to the radio or stream from free sites. The labels and the RIAA anti-pirated their way out of my business...and instead of getting more of my money, they now get none.
They want to have their cake and eat it too. Did I buy the physical track or just license it for my use? They would say the latter, but when I called a label and said that an old CD aged to the degree that it was now transparent and no longer playable, they said that I needed to buy it again. Wait, I thought that I bought a license for use. Now you are acting like I just bought a physical copy. If I bought the physical copy, then I am free to do with it what I want, right...including burning backup copies. Oh wait, I'm not allowed to do that because I didn't really buy a physical copy, I just bought a license for personal use. Well then, I still have that license, please replace my physical copy. Guess what they said.
Yeah, I'm not naive...and I didn't expect anything different than their response. It was just an experiment. They are greedy s***bags who will do whatever is necessary to get as much of your money as possible...but they can count me in the group that will no longer ever give them a dime. The last album that I bought was free to download and then "pay what you want". I did pay...and it went directly to the artist.

This.

Back when CD's were the way to get music, music was actually worth paying for. Now I'm fine with pandora and the radio.
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