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Multimedia, AV has published an article titled "The Case for Piracy". The writer shows how copyright has been hijacked by corporations and that publishers are their own worst enemies. "One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn't want to conform to the harsh new rules being set."
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RE[2]: The Case for Piracy
by sparkyERTW on Wed 26th Oct 2011 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE: The Case for Piracy"
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Anyone who buys music either as CD's or downloads is a supporter of a system that is both anti art and anti artist. The current system is hateful and corrupt and should be boycotted. Don't support it and don't pay for it.

So what's your method for being pro-art/artist? Do you send money directly to the artists whose work appears on your phone/MP3 player/computer? Do you make use of services like Spotify/Rdio, where it would take an artist 4,000,000+ listens per month to make minimum wage while the service provider probably keeps the vast majority of your subscription fee (if there is one)? Do you travel great distances so ensure that you can see your favourite artists live and support them with ticket sales (since that's the way every single artist must earn their living, right)?

I'm not saying that you aren't right to be angry at record companies, movie studios, the RIAA/MPAA, etc., but unless you've found another way, a boycott hurts the artists you care about even more; at least the system paid them peanuts as opposed to you paying them nothing. Maybe you have, in which case I applaud you, sir.

In my case, I have been trying to pay artists directly where possible. Given the option of buying through iTunes, a CD in store, or their own website, I opt for the website in the hope that more of that money goes to them. It may not be true in all cases, but it at least it's something.

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