Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Want to bust someone, music industry? Bust Peter Buck!

Apparently, REM's Peter Buck has given everyone who has worked on their new album a nice gift -- iPods full of music he loves and thinks they should listen to. That's approximately 10,000 counts of music piracy per iPod, and apparently he's done this many, many times at this point.

Wouldn't you love to see that case go to trial... or are only the fans eligible to be busted?!

Frankly, I think that a group of musicians should get together and openly defy the recording industry on this one -- trade each other's songs with fans, flaunt the law, and ask the music industry to kiss their rosy red arses.

The truth is, musicians don't lose money to file traders -- they lose money to a sick, outmoded industry that is trying to outlaw a newer, different kind of music industry and new technologies that will actually make most musicians a helluva lot more money than they make through releasing albums commercially. Even though there are certainly well-meaning lovers of music in the music industry, the industry, such as it is, is really little better than a parasite under the circumstances.

Ultimately, the industry should work for the musicians -- the musicians shouldn't work for the industry -- and the fans shouldn't be the victims.

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