Aye, Matey…Don’t be a Pirate!

In a world of technology, things are easily accessible at our fingertips. With such easy access music, pictures, videos and other forms of media can be easily pirated. Piracy is defined as the unauthorized use of someone else’s invention (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piracy). Piracy can lead to copyright infringement which is the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted inventions without permission for the inventor (http://www.techlawjournal.com/glossary/legal/infringement.asp). Most people might believe that the Internet is an open industry, but in reality artist and inventors deserve the credit that comes from their work.

Piracy vs. Copywrite Infringment
Piracy vs. Copywrite Infringment


Rick Carne’s article Has Music Piracy Killed the ‘Recording Artist’?, gives us a view of music industry and online music piracy related to the music industry in the 60s when there was no Internet. Carne’s article says that since the Beatles had no worries about people stealing their music they were able to focus more on music writing alone rather than selling other products to make up for lost profit. Now, bands and artists have to create unique videos, sell tshirts and tour more of the time to make up for the loss of profit due to illegal downloading. On the contrary, Lily Rothman’s article Music Downloads Not Hurting Industry, Study Claims says that the amount of illegal downloads that happen do not influence the amount of legal downloads when it comes to music. Studies show that websites that allow access to illegal downloading actually boost legal downloading.

In my opinion, downloading music illegally is just plain wrong. You should take somebody’s creative inventions for free. I find the argument that illegal downloading actual boosts legal downloading unbelievable. It seems like it would be a cascading effect of one person doing it and then another. I, however, do not think that artists suffer due to illegal downloads. It seems like music artists have an endless income. Even retired or one-hit wonder bands seem to still make thousands of dollars a day. This may be due to them having other sources of income such as concert tickets, tshirts, perfume/cologne sales and clothing lines. Do I think that this has killed the ‘Recording Artist’? Yes. The music industry will never be the same. Not with technology. Artists write, sing and record differently than they did back in the 60s. Let’s be honest, nobody can replace the Beatles. Nobody.

You’re a pirate alright…


So, matey, I ask that you do not be a pirate. You would not want somebody taking credit for something you worked so hard to create. Do you think that downloading music illegally is killing the music industry? How do you personally feel about illegal downloading? Do you think the ‘Recording Artist’ is dead?


31 thoughts on “Aye, Matey…Don’t be a Pirate!

  1. Brandon Coulter March 19, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Piracy is absolutely detrimental to the foundation and infrastructure of the entertainment industry. This being said, I do not feel as though it can ever be considered the main culprit of the harm that is done. For those that do partake in piracy, however, the action comes without a specific intention harming those responsible for creating the material; rather, it is their way of easily and freely securing the entertainment they wish to enjoy without any repercussion, all of which is done through the anonymous façade of the internet. While every conscious user is aware of the potential legal harm that can be done as a result of their action, the availability to commit the action within the confines of the relatively-unsupervised internet gives a sense of security when partaking in piracy. It’s one thing to steal a physical copy off of the shelf, with possible information regarding your appearance and action being recorded in the place the crime is committed. It is another thing to be able to sit at home and download anything you wish without worrying about the action being easily traced back to you. This aspect of piracy contributes to a large amount of reasoning as to why the action is carried out in the first place, and cannot be overlooked when attempting to give reasons why it is committed. While serving as the greatest invention in the history of civilization to allow for the mass distribution and sharing of useful information, the ability to do so free of charge and free from any form of punishment has created an area of entertainment sharing that will never completely dissipate from our world.

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    • eakoonter March 21, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      Brandon, you bring up interesting thoughts. I agree. It’s easier and less risky to download illegally than go into the store to steal the physical album off a shelf. Unfortunately, this still hurts artists. I read an article recently that producers now calculate sinkage into costs and profits. It’s sad, but artists still make millions.


    • cseejay March 22, 2015 / 5:55 am

      I think when talking about piracy, the best comparison that can be made is like an individual walking into a local Walmart and stealing a movie or CD off the shelf. I think because you can steal in the comfort of your home behind a monitor, people feel more secure as a result. The problem is, the action in pirating music is illegal and up until recently there hasn’t been many repercussion to committing such crime. So many people are stealing at the same time, it’s difficult to figure out a way to combat with piracy. I do think the music industry has gotten smart about how they compete with piracy, and that make virtually every piece of music they own on a paid subscription service. This makes it easier for individuals to obtain music quickly and easily. I think the key for the industry, was to adapt to the change in tech and I think with services like primarily Spotify it makes if very difficult to justify pirating music. Whereas I had a different mindset years about pirating music, i’ll admit I was much younger and the notion of artist being paid for their creation wasn’t something I thought about. Most people will calm that artist do get their music for the music they make, I urge you to research this because THEY DON’T! Good or bad if you work at something, you deserve to get paid for what you’ve created and are selling. The state of how people consume music is a different animal, but I don’t think that gives people the right to pirate music.


  2. nebior March 20, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Everybody has that one friends that rarely pays for their video games or music. They wait for it to be available for a free download. Everyone wants to save a dollar whenever they can, but not everyone would be a thief. Many people do not see piracy as thievery, or at least don’t think it is as severe as thievery in the real world, because it is done online. This echoes back to how people say things online that they wouldn’t in real life. I promise that the people who download music and games aren’t walking into a store, grabbing a CD and a game, and then running out. When a person isn’t physically stealing the item they do not feel like they are stealing. Digital stealing doesn’t make sense to people the same way that physical stealing does.

    I personally buy all games I play and music that I listen to because I do not condone piracy whatsoever. Just because I do not condone it does not mean that I think it is necessarily hurting the music or gaming industry. A true musician would be happy that people are listening to their music. I do not remember the band, but a friend told me they put their music on a website for free and eventually people who got it for free decided to pay for it because they liked the group so much. If the band is being heard then they have accomplished their goal whether they are making 10s of millions or “just” millions.

    –Ben Walker


    • eakoonter March 21, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Interesting points, Ben! I’m all for saving money, but why not wait for the CD to go on sale. Just because you’re not physically stealing does not mean that illegal digital downloading isn’t. People need to open their eyes. I’m sure the artists aren’t hurting. They’re still making millions, but that’s still money they’re missing out on.

      U2 recently released their comeback album for free on Apple products. People were not happy about it, but they said that their sales went up and people liked their new album.


  3. MZang March 21, 2015 / 3:33 am

    I agree with you in that it seems hard to believe that illegally downloading music hasn’t impacted the industry is some ways. Killing it? I’m not so sure. Here is how record labels work. They make all the money and disseminate the proceeds to the musicians. While I agree that piracy is a major problem, there has to be reform from the top down. Back in the late 90’s when I was in high school I used to download music from Napster. As I got older, I stopped this practice. I stopped because I had several friends in the industry that were selling albums, touring and still not making enough money to eat and it all had to do with the labels. To me, they’re the real crooks in this.

    I personally don’t agree with illegally downloading music. If it doesn’t belong to you, don’t take it. It’s hard for many to think that way because you’re not stealing a tangible object. What I think needs to happen with the recording artist is they need to figure out ways to make their music more valuable to people. Using their songs on TV shows, movie albums, and other means creates revenue for them. For someone to just create music and think they are entitled to tons of money is crazy. If that were the case, everyone would be a musician.


    • eakoonter March 21, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      I’m sure we all used Pirate Bay, Frostwire and Limewire back when it was “the thing”. Though most of us grew up and realized this was wrong, many people haven’t. We need to realize what’s right and wrong. Like you said, we shouldn’t take stuff that’s not ours.

      This has become a source for a lot of musicians to make money. They sell their rights to movies, TV ads, etc.. Has this killed artists like the Beatles who focused solely on recording rather than touring and “selling out”. Yeah, probably. Artists like money.


  4. adrianhormsby March 21, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Is the recording artist dead? One of the sad questions of our time. There was a time when we music junkies would hear that Led Zeppelin is now in their England recording studio following their hectic US tour, working on their 5th album. We would eagerly await with much anticipation the wondrous creation that would be then be played on rock radio stations all over the country, carefully coordinated with vinyl copies of the album hitting the local music stores at just the right time along with their next world tour. The conversation with all my music buddies at school would revolve around the new record album for months. Even if I couldn’t get tickets for the concert I would sit at home with my stereo headphones on and in ritualistic fashion gently put the needle on the fragile and tender vinyl record and zone out to the Zep. Those days are well and truly over. Albums are a thing of the past. It’s now music AND video, created, listened to, then watched and purchased by the yard, all online. Observing my youngest daughter who is almost an exclusive YouTube music consumer, the music video is now as equally important as the music itself. She will continually go back to the video and sing along with music. It is a very potent and vibrant way of learning the lyrics and melody, that’s for sure. This emphasis on music video and as the readings point out, the financial need to tour and perform in the contemporary music industry is changing the whole dynamic of what it means to be a popular music artist. This new economic reality is why, I believe, the days of the recording artist and the recording album are numbered. Only those artists that are either so iconic or independently wealthy have either the luxury or opportunity to undertake recording to any meaningful extent. My daughters watch quite a bit of Korean Pop Drama which includes many pop bands that sing, dance and act. I was surprised to find out that despite their immense popularity in Korea, these bands make very little money. In fact, it’s the acting where they make the real money, and then only for a few years before the next new band comes along. It’s a tough world out their for musicians, with the majority doing what they do for the pure love of music. Another good example are classical musicians. Many of the worlds great classical pianists, violinists and cellists are on constant tour, with hectic practice and performing schedules spanning the globe. They make wonderful Recording CD’s that barely break even financially. In fact it is well known in the recording industry that classical CD’s are money losers, hence the major reluctance by music corporations such as Sony to make them, which has fueled the recent trend by the artists themselves to produce their own recordings via their own websites of the pieces they absolutely believe should be shared with classical music lovers. The same goes for jazz music. These artists, in classical, jazz and popular music are truly to be admired and applauded for their valuable contribution to an ongoing vibrant music culture. Despite being financially marginalized through piracy and music/internet corporations, the artists continue to do what they love to do on shoe string budgets to the cultural benefit of us all. I hope this weeks readings raise some awareness , at least among some of us, of this important issue. Definitely worth sharing.


    • eakoonter March 21, 2015 / 7:24 pm

      Very interesting! I’m too young to know what it’s like to sit and wait to listen to a vinyl. Surprisingly, artists are now starting to put their albums back on vinyl. I, however, think it’s just a way to reach out to the hipsters that want to live outside the mainstream of digital music. Growing up in the 90s, I was all about music videos. I would watch them religiously on Yahoo! Music. Waiting patiently for the new songs to have videos to go with them. Now, I can do without YouTube. If I do use it, I put a song on and walk away. I’ve lost interest in the music video area of entertainment. It’s crazy how times change.


  5. spgregor March 21, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    While I do think illegally downloading music may be harming a small portion of the music industry I find it hard to believe it is killing it. I find it more believable that it affects those newer to the industry that don’t have as much pull when negotiating contracts. We see huge recording starts in the news constantly flaunting their money. Therefore I find it hard to believe illegal downloads harm all of them equally. Maybe this needs to be a factor considered when negotiating contracts between the artists and the record labels so more money goes to the artist. As much as I don’t agree with downloading someone’s property without permission, I honestly don’t see how it can be stopped. The internet is too huge and another illegal site will pop up as they shut one down. I also think this is something that has been happening for years, only the internet has made it more much more pronounced. Years ago teens used to record songs from the radio rather than buy the tape. As many of us have had to adjust to the internet interfering with our livelihood, unfortunately so does the music industry. I wonder if the real question is if recording artists can’t make a living due to piracy or if they can’t make the filthy rich living they expected?


    • eakoonter March 21, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Good points! Illegally downloading does hurt the industry. It definitely isn’t killing it…as like you said…modern artists are striking it big. Illegal downloading is impossible to stop; just like cyberbullying. We need to remember that there are laws against illegal downloading and the repercussions are not pretty.


  6. Carly Hernandez March 21, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    I think that we haven’t killed the music industry with pirating but it definitely has not been something very beneficial. Especially for artists, it also impacts producers, songwriters, recording artists and many others. Recently in the news I heard about the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and how it was involved in a copy write case. The case was held because the family of Marvin Gaye was accusing Thicke of using his melody in the song. This made it seem like Gaye wasn’t getting credit for his work and his family was awarded money for it. Whether it was true or not, the point is that everyone deserves credit for their own work. In the music industry it is important to give credit where credit is due. I know there are many illegal downloading sites that can date back to years ago. I feel like when we were younger we wanted to download music illegally more because we never had money when we were young and wanted music for free. But as we’ve gotten older we realize the importance of paying for music and not doing it illegally. I’ve also noticed that there are many artists not on the popular music listening app and website called Spotify. These artists have opted out of being a part of it because they want people to pay for their music and not just listening to it for free. Itunes is definitely a great way to buy music. I know that when I had an iPhone I loved that when I downloaded music it would go straight to my phone and would also be in my iTunes library. This made it so much easier to listen to since it was right at the palm of my hands without having to do any work.


  7. asibo March 22, 2015 / 11:10 am

    I find that it’s hard to say that illegal music downloads are killing the music industry and the recording artist, merely that it is changing the source of revenues and the nature of what it means to be a recording artist. As Damian Kulash of OK Go is quoted as saying in Carnes’s article, “we’re just moving out of the brief period — a flash in history’s pan — when an artist could expect to make a living selling records alone.” I feel like there is a lot more “artistry” to the music industry now that recording artists are more involved in the spectacle of live performance and videos, in addition to performing and recording music.
    Additionally, while Carnes complains that the quality of sound is deteriorating as music is now “severely compressed recordings through tiny earphones,” there is a reemerging audience for vinyl records based upon their sound. I think that the music industry would probably benefit most from focusing on pressing new vinyl albums rather than blindly blaming illegal music downloads for all their problems. I can easily say that in the past year I’ve spent ten times more money on band merchandise and used vinyl albums than I have on mp3s or digital music, which I feel is a reflection of how the music industry is out of touch with what their most valuable products are.


  8. jaemillz411 March 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I believe that both sides of file sharing have good points. I do not believe that file sharing is completely harmless nor do I think it is the sole reason that the industry is losing money.

    However, I do think that technology may have something do with the entertainment business financial struggles. The Internet allows everyone the access to discovery a board array of talented musicians With the help of Youtube, SoundCloud, and other social networking sites people can find entrainment without having to for it.

    My point kind of goes back to last week’s discussion about crowdsourcing and the participatory culture. Some of the amateurs that release their music online are much better than a lot of professionals. And they can cut out the middleman, and they can do it fun or as a hobby as opposed to trying to make a living. So that accessibility and talent can also be a reason for the deep in sells.

    And the only thing the companies can do is try to evolve with the technology, otherwise face extinction. Personally I do don’t illegal downing is terrible. I have done it a couple of times, but the majority of the I purchase the music because I do want to support their artistry.


  9. mwiedmeyer March 22, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Personally, I don’t think illegal music downloading is killing the recording industry. It’s forcing the music industry to adapt, which is inevitable anyways. In my mind, the culture of the music industry and the illegal downloading that surrounds it are the fuel which goes towards creating music streaming services and sites like Vevo, which are wonderful, useful inventions.
    Either way, I think the music industry makes a huge profit no matter what. If it wasn’t, people like Taylor Swift and Kanye West wouldn’t be jet-setting millionaires. Considering the statistics I’ve read about how much money from music sales actually makes it to the artist, if these artists are making this much, the industry is doing fine. According to this article by The Root, artists make $23.40 out of every $1000 their band brings in through record sales, touring sales, and merchandise (http://bit.ly/1o5mzPT). That’s around 2.3%. If their millions of dollars are only 2.3% of what the industry is bringing in, I can’t imagine how much profit the industry makes.
    I don’t think the recording artist is dead, but I think the lack of emphasis on recording studio time is a byproduct of today’s media landscape. Artists have to spend their time connecting with their fans through intricate videos, impressive live shows, and contact through social media, particularly big time artists.


  10. galaradi March 22, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    You may argue that illegally downloading music is wrong, but whether it is wrong or right, it is a consequence of the Internet and the digital age we are in. The Internet will always have its pros and cons. One of those cons is copyright and dealing with illegal piracy online. I’m sure we’ve all watched a movie online, or downloaded a song, because it’s that easy. And there is no direct consequence to our actions, because everybody does it. I don’t think the ‘Recording Artist’ is dead because artists still produce great content and they don’t seem to be negatively affected by piracy.

    However, with the Internet will come legal issues such as copyright and fair use. I’m sure not many people are aware of the specific laws and regulations regarding this topic. People just want the most convenient way to getting entertainment. Regarding shows and movies, Netflix is a great alternative to illegally downloading entertainment. It has a low monthly cost, has high quality content and a variety of entertainment to choose from.


  11. seananthony3 March 22, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    No, I don’t believe that illegally downloading music is killing the industry. This is something that has been happening since the early 2000s, but most of the pirated music’s artists are still around today. The only thing I would say this would hurt would be indie artists, but they can still prosper. For example, Game Grumps, Danny and Arin (Along with Danny’s colleague Brian) got together to form a comedy band called Star Bomb. They created video game parody songs in a community that thrives off of piracy (Let’s Players, Speedrunners…) but… Star Bomb will still the number one seller of comedy music on Amazon. http://www.thevideoink.com/news/starbomb-album-debuts-as-number-one-on-itunes-comedy-chart/

    So, no, I don’t believe that piracy is killing the industry at all.


  12. blcarr March 22, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    The music industry sales have been dropping for over a decade now. Some say it’s because of internet and their fans illegally downloading the music. But who’s putting the music out on the internet for the fans to download? Illegal downloading music doesn’t affect those artists who are already established in the industry. It affects those that are getting their feet wet in the industry. The new artists are the ones that are suffering the most. I’m a fan of rap music, and we see artist like Rick Ross, Jay Z and numerous artist flaunting their chains and money, letting us know that they are still making money in this day and time. But someone in the industry is putting out the artist new albums before the release date. My guess is it’s the artist who is leaking the music to the public. Why? So the fans can hear it first and if they like it, we the consumer will purchase it in huge quantities. The internet is so large that closing down one site will do nothing but add 2 more. The only way to stop the fans from downloading new music is to stop the artist from giving us downloadable content as a teaser.


  13. bubbastinx March 22, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    I have to dig up the article a few years ago, but essentially the idea was that many artist didn’t really care if people downloaded their albums illegally because they only made a few cents on each album sold. These same artist wanted you to show up on their music tour because this is where they made their real money.

    I’m perfectly okay with this, and support any artist faithfully who embraces this ideology. I think of all the industry people who came out against Taylor Swift for her withhold her album from Spotify because of the royalty reimbursement.

    As big of star that she is. She can get away with that practice. Other stars need file sharing to increase their foot traffic to venues.

    So, I’m all for file sharing platforms, as well as Artist who are trying to disrupt the supply chain for their content by going straight to the consumer.

    What other ways can we disrupt the traditional chains, and pay the artist more?


  14. mstor763 March 22, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Of course no one wants someone taking credit for someone else’s work, but I find it hard to agree with the term “hard work”. Most of today’s music/software/movies are all collaborations. I am of course not saying that it makes it okay to pirate due to this, but I feel the value is no longer there for someone to truly respect the hard work terminology.

    As we learned from the articles, the illegal download of music is not hurting the industry, it is in fact helping. I feel that the act of illegal downloading music is truly not that big of an issue. The internet has opened the door for many things to happen, “illegal” sharing of music is the least of our worries.

    The recording artists thing is totally dead. With auto-tuning going on, editing of the music, hell producers and song writers that don’t even sing the song….where is the recording artist in that? All you have a person that can hit a note when singing.


  15. akuelbs March 22, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    The recording artist and the music industry will never die and i think piracy in turn made it a better industry because of it. If we look at the past of piracy, you would see many musical artist be upset because they are losing out on the sales of their records and revenue because of that. What piracy caused artist to change now is the way they try to make money. Artist tour around the world and put on shows, where they can gain a large revenue though ticket and merchandise sales. What i feel piracy did in the long run was just improve these live shows because only the real artist that can perform in person will continue to make it big. So if you look at it in the sense of just recording artist that cant put on a good live show, then yes they have been “killed” essentially by piracy.
    I remember all the uproar that was going on with piracy years ago where there would be commercials and previews before movies about not to pirate music or movies, but i feel those have gone away because people have found a way around it to gain their revenue and income. So yes piracy and stealing music or movie i do feel is wrong, but i feel it is something we have accepted and adapted to in a way to have alternative ways to get what was intended.


  16. bjuhasz10 March 22, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Despite the numbers showing that illegal downloads are actually helping music artists, not hurting them, I still just don’t agree with illegally downloading things that aren’t yours. While I do not think piracy is killing the music industry (nothing can kill the music industry, because music has been one of the most popular ways to express yourself since the beginning of time), I just wish there was a way to replace privacy with something more moral which could benefit both the artists and fans.

    Obviously, the reason so many take part in piracy is because of how expensive movies and albums can be. A new album, or a new dvd/blu-ray can be $30 each. This just isn’t affordable for most people, especially teenagers and students, who are probably the biggest demographic taking part in piracy, but who also have the lowest income of any age group. I think if there was a system where students could get discounts on dvd’s, cd’s, and digital movies/songs, piracy could severely be reduced, and more people would be inclined to support artists, musicians, and actors.


  17. stefaniedak March 22, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    “You would not want somebody taking credit for something you worked so hard to create.” I completely agree with that. If we were the musicians in this case, we would all most likely have different views and be furious about piracy, loss of sales, etc. Illegal downloading is not, well, legal, morally correct or safe. However, with the internet, comes a bundle of negative aspects which includes piracy, and it’s never really going to completely stop. If a song is so easy to get for free, then why would money-tight people pay for it? Why would we “normal” people, feel bad that multi-millionaires are making a little bit less? Nonetheless, I don’t think that piracy is killing the music industry. The industry has actually benefited from it, and many artists have gained popularity/attention, which is extremely beneficial and important. Many artists claim that piracy and music streaming are killing the industry but in truth, they really are not. Piracy is definitely negatively impacting and killing the film industry, but the music industry is a different case. Bands should create unique videos, apparel, etc. because that forms a close connection to the fans and gets artists’ names out there. Illegal downloading or not, the profit made by musicians is huge, and piracy has even decreased over the years.


  18. smkiraco March 22, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I do not think that downloading music illegally is killing the music industry. I believe piracy is a service problem. The easier it is to obtain content legally the less likely it is for those to obtain it illegally. I think the music industry needs to rethink how they handle distribution much like how the video game industry is. Times are changing and many companies are set in old ways. Much like how businesses in general are using viral marketing and crowdsourcing to further their means, the music industry needs to rethink digital distribution. A new pricing system, deals, and, most importantly, accessibility. Nobody likes to jump through hoops. This is sort of why streaming is catching on so well, simplicity.


  19. Ms.McCollum March 22, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    To answer your question, I don’t think people who download music illegally are “taking credit” for the things they download, they simply want to listen to something for free. I do not thing piracy and illegal downloads are ruining the music industry, it is just making the artist upset that they are not getting a lot of extra money.

    Just because people illegally download movies, that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from cranking out new movies all of the time. The same thing goes for musicians and recording artists. Piracy will not stop the creation of films or music. In fact, there is probably more money now in the music and movie industries than ever. Even average musicians today are millionaires, and movies are grossing ridiculous amounts of money in the box offices.

    All in all, not only do I think that piracy can help the music industry, but I also think that if you truly are a great musician, singer, songwriter, etc. you will become very famous and very rich with or without piracy. It is clear that the biggest and best musicians are unaffected by illegal downloads, and that like any other industry, illegal downloads and piracy are just a small hurdle that brilliant and talented musicians need to jump over.


  20. elrader2015 March 22, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    With the expansion of technology and the rate at which it is evolving, the music industry is undoubtedly going to change as well. While some say that pirating is a negative, I think it’s inevitable with the new technology available. The recording industry is not the same as it was 30 years ago, or even 10 years ago for that matter. There might be some downfalls to the changing of the industry, but also thanks to technology we get to experience new genres of music like EDM, music videos have amazing effects and concerts are much more entertaining. I don’t think that this has led to the death of the recording artist, but rather the evolution and change of the recording artist. Sure, artists now have to rely on other aspects of the industry more for income, but things change over time and the music industry is no exception and people must learn to adapt to the changes like everyone else does. I think that change is often good. I love going to concerts and seeing awesome light shows and I love all of the effects that are available in music that wasn’t there before. Without these new things, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy music the way that I do now.


  21. hessaj March 22, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    With the power of the internet, it is entirely impossible to avoid something like piracy. And the way technology is advancing, there may never be a way to stop it. On the other hand, as much as piracy can harm, it has it’s little perks. Piracy may be wrong, but it still gives to person what they want from what you made, and that gains exposure. Growing your audience, and perhaps changing their thought process in future. Maybe that person will actually buy your product next time rather than steal it. It kind of goes hand in hand, on one, you’re potentially losing money, on the other it could actually benefit you in the long run. Overall, piracy shouldn’t happen, but at this point in time, it looks like it can’t be stopped.


  22. lewenzel93 March 22, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Piracy has been prevalent in the past, and in my opinion, it’s becoming easier and more common than ever, but it’s obvious from Lily Rothman’s article, that piracy isn’t impacting the industry as much as we think. In fact, it’s actually helping it! She compares it to the idea that by taking one small thing, or file, it opens consumers up to more things they’d want and be willing to pay for. Stealing anything is wrong, we all know that, but from a business stand point, consumers are happier and companies are actually make more money. I personally am open to the idea of torrenting. But the reality is, can they ever really crack down and stop pirates? We’ve all heard the horror stories about people getting caught and paying back millions, but they can’t really do that to everyone. And the piratebay just got shut down again for the second time back in December, but guess what! They’re back with a vengeance! I don’t think piracy is going anywhere for a while.
    Also, I don’t feel bad for artists who can no longer make a living off album sales alone. The amount of money musicians make, and other people from the entertainment industry like actors, professional athletes, etc, is grossly generous when compared to those of other professions like doctors, teachers, and policemen. I think if someone makes good music, the money will come on it’s own. And the fact that some musicians need to rely only on recordings makes me think something shady might be going on, like maybe they’re not the ones singing or rapping. Just rely on your talent at live events and the money will come.


  23. efekete March 22, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    I do think the traditional recording artist is dead, because its just too expensive to gain studio time if you’re an unsigned artist. No one can really afford to have a 12 piece band to go on tour with them if your an indie artist. So how are artists trying to mimic that rich sound of an orchestral band? Well Hip Hop has been a great job of resampling beats or hooks from songs of 50s, 60s, 70s. By taking an existing song and tweaking you can create a whole new song. Recently Robin Thicke & Pharrell went to court over not sounding different enough from a Marvin Gaye song. So using existing material can get you into trouble if it doesn’t seem original enough, you have to modify it so that can completely mistaken for the original piece.


  24. doniecew March 22, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    Downloading music can not kill a true artist. Downloading a song does not take away a persons talent. Their talent is what gets them paid. CD’s, as well as downloads are just a way that people promote and put their music out there. It doesn’t kill the industry as a whole. Their are a million other ways for artists to make money, as you stated in this blog.


  25. thegradytrain March 22, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    I think there is different degrees of pirating and it kind of depends on what the pirate does with their illegally downloaded file. Most people download an album for their own personal enjoyment, while some others go the next step and distribute and make their own monetary profit. I think the latter is what is really harming the industry if anything. It’s like if someone took your original idea and kept it just to make you mad as opposed to someone taking the idea and claiming it as their own. The latter doesn’t usually happen in the realm of music consumption, and when it does it happens in much different circles. This sort of stealing is more common on sites like YouTube, but it is also more monitored more so than simply pirating music.
    Overall I don’t really think pirating is killing the music industry, it isn’t putting a cap on what is being produced, just really what is going back to the artists, which previously wasn’t a fair amount anyways. I think certain jobs are being phased out with certain services like Bandcamp which allow more direct payment to the artist. Some artists even employ a “pay what you want” system for their albums, which I think is a good solution for all sides. In some ways, services like Bandcamp might be doing more damage to the actual industry than just pirating, only because it cuts out certain producers and record label services.


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