Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

A low-quality (presumably analog) version of The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album, 'Stadium Arcadium', has been leaked on to the internet. Presumably, the copy is not a straight mp3 rip, because that would expose the identity of the copier, due to digital fingerprint protection that record labels are now using on advance copies. Michael "Flea" Balzary has posted a long rant about it on the band's site.
(WARNING: MySpace-quality grammar/punctuation ahead!)

"when i woke up this morning
i was was confronted with the news that our record has been leaked to
the internet
it does not come out til may 9 but now it has leaked
and not that i know alot about this kind of thing
but i guess now it is possible to down load it for free if you want
that's not very nice
if you down load it now off one of these file sharing sites
you will be getting a pale imitation of the record . . .
and that will break my heart . . .
and it is sad to me for the business reasons of course . . .
for people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free
because some asshole stole it and put it on the internet
is sad to me"

Okay everyone... on the count of three!


Poor Flea! It's like listening to Lars Ulrich from Metallica rant about how much his fans suck for listening to mp3s, only with a nasal whine.

And awww... poor little inferior sound quality mp3! A mean, nasty little asshole made an analog copy of your pristine brilliance! (Note to RHCP fans: next time you share their music with your friends, please be sure rip it to uncompressed digital first! Oh... and please copy the sleeve and all the liner notes too. After all, you don't want to break Flea's heart again, right?!)

And, lastly, we can't forget the real victim here -- i.e. the one who will press charges and initiate lawsuits -- poor little Warner/Reprise Records, America's largest record label, and a subsidiary of the megalithic AOL/Time Warner media empire. Sure, it was the label's fault that the album got leaked early, but we all feel sorry for them, right?!

I have a lot of respect for musicians, but not a lot for those who are either disingenuous about -- or simply ignorant of -- the nature of the modern world. Maybe if the band doesn't want their albums to leak out before they hit the stores, they should reconsider the merits of having a major record label like Warner send out advanced copies to thousands of radio stations, journalists, and music biz people worldwide? I mean, the Red Hot Chili Peppers *DO* know that they are basically paying Warner a ton of money to give away copies of their album, right?

Poor Warner. I mean, look at all those people with BitTorrent, snapping up the new album for free! Why, it's almost as despicable as the dark old days, when people actually taped inferior copies of promo records, and then shared them with whoever they wanted to! Hell, they never got in trouble for it either, unless they tried to sell them.

Of course today, in this enlightened era, we believe that people who distribute copies of an album before it is released -- which everyone downloading this album who is sharing any bandwidth at all is doing -- deserve up to 11 years in prison.

That, incidentally, is over three times the length of the sentence given to Lynndie England, and about 1.5 - 3 times the length of the sentences being handed out to these Tennessee cops, who beat, tortured, and gave electric shocks to a man and for over two hours (while a tape recorder was running --doh!) Really, it's not fair... especially if you know where the guy was getting electrocuted.

Whether you agree with the person(s) who leaked the album or not, you've got to feel pretty frustrated with any musician who basically helps the record labels justify laws and support actions that increasingly turn music fans into criminals, in some cases facing serious time in "pound-me-in-the-ass" prisons. 

"Hey kid... KID! Listen to me when I talk to you! What are you in here for?"

"I got an early release of a new album and I thought it would be cool to share it with some friends. One of them put it on the internet."

(Peels of laughter from nearby cells!)

"Hey, be cool! Don't you tease him! This one is *MY* bitch now!!"

As Hunter Thompson used to say about such things, "ho ho!" ...and who wouldn't feel a little bit stupid if they found themselves traded to a greasy con for a pack of cigarettes, because they shared a few tunes?

You know, I think the Chili Peppers are talented musicians, but that said, they no longer need or merit my support. Hell... I don't care if their new album is available on the web for free. I'm just not interested.


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