I thought this was an absolutely brilliant, thorough & well-versed analysis of individuals who think it’s okay to steal music from artists they apparently “like”. Call me crazy but I want to actually HELP the artists I like by paying for their music, going to their shows, buying their merchandise. I actually want them to stick around and keep creating music and art I love, hopefully for decades to come. If you’re an artist/band, you want me as a fan because I’ll shovel the money out for the previously said items and I usually try to get bands/artists I like over with anyone that will listen. This goes out to all of the music “lovers” who find it too inconvenient to pay for music. Especially to the one shitty hipster who sneered at me a couple years back, “Who pays for music anymore?” I do. Enjoy.
Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.
My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…
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