Piracy, Copyright Infringement, Plagiarism, Website Blocking, Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and on and on it goes.
Why would anyone create music?
The record labels via the RIAA have screamed black and blue that piracy is decimating the business. They fought tooth and nail against every digital service and start-up. Yet year after year, it was digital music that was making a fortune for them, because all digital monies are pure profit. There are no manufacturing costs (like vinyl and CD’s), there are no warehousing and distribution costs and there is no breakage.
Remember Napster. It showed the recording industry what the majority of customers want. Access to cherry pick the song they want and access to listen to whatever they want. 17 years later, you can say that what Napster started has almost become a reality. The only outlier is that people still want to download mp3’s for free.
Which brings me to Scott Ian!
Can someone please explain to him what stealing really means because he is making metal heads look stupid and uninformed?
Downloading a copy of an mp3 is not stealing because the mp3 is still up on the web for streaming, purchase or downloading. If anything, it is copyright infringement.
But the question that he fails to ask is why are fans of Anthrax downloading their music illegally?
Is it because;
- They download music and have no intention to pay for anything, not even a concert ticket of the said artist?
- They download music because they have no other way to get it?
- They download music because they have no other way to get it and they will purchase the CD eventually and even a concert ticket
- They download music because they don’t want to pay Apple to download it, but they want it on their phone, and have every intention to purchase a concert ticket when Anthrax hits their town?
I can go on and on with different types of viewpoints of fans.
The value of music was originally inflated, because we, the customers had to buy an album worth of songs for the three, maybe five good songs. The hard-core super fans will always purchase, however the rest will do what they want to do, when they want to do.
As a collector, I still pick up CD’s of bands when they are super cheap like $5, years after the album was released and after I’ve streamed the album to death. And they are still in the plastic wrapping which I am sure once I have joined the afterlife, my heirs will commit them to a second-hand store or just toss them. The value of music is different from person to person.
But how many artists can safely say they know who their hard-core fans are.
I bet you there are always fans who purchase deluxe bundles, every time the said artist releases an album.
Is that buyer information getting filtered back to the artist?
It’s these fans, Scott Ian should be caring about. Are they getting any bonus offer, a loyalty card, a discount to a concert or a simple personalised thank you that makes the fan feel special for supporting the artists with every release?
Imagine the fan getting a hand written letter sent to their address that thanks them for purchasing the last four super deluxe bundles of the said band, and here is a bonus mp3 album for you to download plus a special VIP pass for their upcoming concert.
Instead, the fans are made to feel like criminals, for streaming an album instead of buying, for cherry picking a few songs instead of paying for all of them or for downloading the album illegally.
That’s not the way it’s done anymore.