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This Piracy Kills Music short film is pretty heavy on style:

It’s a little short on facts though. I’m not sure I buy that there are less artists making a living off their music than pre-1999 (kinda seems like there are more artists than ever these days) and it also makes no mention of the plummetting costs of recording and distribution. (via Ursi’s Blog)

Posted on - February 25, 2007 [at] 8:03 pm by Brad
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JY on Piracy Kills Music
February 25, 2007 at 11:41 pm

There are more artists now, but maybe a lot of them have day jobs.

JY

Puce on Piracy Kills Music
February 26, 2007 at 3:20 am

Three awesome things from this video:

1. For you and me, Brad, the law-quiz is bogus. Thank you Canada!

2. I love their graph-thing that proves piracy hurts artists. According to it, 100,000 downloaded mp3s will cost an artist 80,000 euro. Quick, take down all your music! Think of how many euro you’ve been losing!

3. My favorite is the question and answer section:

“Q: I’ve heard artists claim that making their music available to download for free is the best way to get themselves heard, in that way promoting their music and boosting sales”

“A: In fact, research shows that all these artists are dirty liars”

Matt McGarvey on Piracy Kills Music
February 26, 2007 at 8:19 am

Hey Brad. Economists always like to portray unearned income as a “loss”; so yeah, you’re losing the theoretical opportunity to sell your music to the 100,000 people who downloaded it. Of course, probably only 10 of them would have downloaded it if they had to pay for it (random number, not directed towards your music in particular, but you know what I mean).

The reality is, I’ve bought more CDs or gone to a live performance on the basis of a free download than I ever would have without the free download. The reality is, the industry has a big stake in there being an “industry” rather than a cottage industry.

And of course here in Canada the ridiculous approach to personal use downloads adopted elsewhere was rejected by our federal courts. So what does “the industry” do? Lobby like hell to get legislation passed, using false stats. Like the recent stuff about Canada being a “leading source” of pirated movies because of cameras being taken into movie theatres – turns out the stats cited by the industry were just a load. Surprise surprise.

Nils on Piracy Kills Music
February 28, 2007 at 12:51 am

I totally agree with Matt there… especially if you count things like Pandora. I learned about a lot of awesome bands that I would have never even known existed otherwise by listening to stuff on there.

Of course, excessive downloading without ever buying anything hurts the artists, but downloads are a quick and easy way to find out if you really like the music you are going to buy in the first place!

Another neat idea is the approach Harvey Danger tried; they had their album “Little by little” available for free download (even per bittorrent and in several quality settings), but when you buy the CD, you get stickers and buttons you can’t possibly get otherwise.

And, last but not least, the narrator, Mr. Headphone-Skull, is just plain cool (:

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