If You Love Music, Don’t Beat It. Treat It.
Piracy is so 2001.
The idea is well known now that downloading music or movies without paying for them if not offered by the source for free is illegal. It’s also actually really sad. Because the people downloading are usually the most die hard, live and bleed fans that musicians, bands, artists, or actors need to fuel themselves and their careers. The same people abusing the system are the ones who would miss it most if suddenly it disappeared.
Bear’s will be digitally available in 2018.
Now let’s be serious; Piracy isn’t going away. There are some people who will figure out any way to abuse any system. And there are some artists who wouldn’t be as affected; who would be able to continue a career doing what they love. Art is here to stay. No one is going to stop making what they love tomorrow because suddenly there is no money involved. That would be silly. But some might not be able to continue to make it a priority.
That guy and girl who start playing all over town, they gain a little hype, finally get in the studio to record that album, people love it, it’s the most downloaded album on all the torrent sites, and they never release another one because they never got the chance. They are affected. Now if respect translated to money, everything would be OK. In fact I’d assume a majority of all artists would give away their product, more than happily. But it has become the way many hard working artists make their living. Or at least inspire to.
Yes, some of it is shit. Some of it really sucks. Some is just splashes of nonsensical colour; to me. I’ve seen scrap paper a toddler has scribbled madly on with crayon that I like more. Maybe it’s because of their small, disproportional limbs. But that doesn’t mean I don’t see a painted portrait of a Lion with a massive mane standing proud and feel in awe of his sheer beauty and power. I get moved but some and could care less about others. And I’m not saying what I think is what makes art ‘art’.
All art is exactly how you perceive it. It’s all potentially as valuable from what one person would think is worth their time to the next person who is into something different. But regardless of what we find valuable, we all can agree that art affects us. You have a song you play when you’re feeling upset, or when you want to go out and party, or that movie you watch with your bro’s or ladies, or that book you read when you need some time to yourself. All are valuable to you in some way. Everyone needs something different. And, especially now more than ever in history, anyone with anything to offer has the ability to make it available for others to enjoy.
Tangibility should not be the only reason you feel responsible for owning something. Internet Anonymity should not make you less responsible for your actions. It’s a digital world now, after all. Responsibility has a new definition. I say live by the philosophy that the access and freedom we enjoy on the internet should never be tampered with or restricted. But we could end any argument by following the same rules we live by in the physical world.
see a movie,
buy the whole album,
paint a new picture,
support your addiction.
Love is a good one to abuse.
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