A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing
Subject:   from John, an unsigned artist
Date:   2003-08-01 12:49:49
From:   anonymous2
Response to: from John, an unsigned artist

Right on, John! I, too, am an unsigned artist, and have been for the past 40 years in the music business. If I tour, it has to be booked in advance (by me) and the money has to come from somewhere. By me selling my CDs, tapes, whatever, paid for out of my own pocket (Don't quit your day job). If I post my stuff on-line I get a crap-load of publicity, but no gigs, and no money. Therefore, I won't post it. If anyone else does, that's piracy, plain and simple. And anyone who makes musical noises by sampling may be creating an artistic statement of some kind, but it ain't music, and they ain't musicians. Musicians are people who play instruments and/or sing, not computer techs. Consequently, the dreck that passes for "music" these days is only suitable for brain-dead twits that wouldn't know a major from a flat-9-flat-5. So you goofs go ahead and steal all you want from major labels, they've been ripping off the artist forever, and the AFofM has been a willing co-conspirator. And by stealing our music, you become just one more person ripping off the artist. While you're doing that, I'll play music, real music, live music, for friends and fans, and sell my CDs/tapes/whatever off the front of the stand between sets. But for every one hour of public performance, I've probably put in 5-10 hours of practice. The public is mis-guided because we call it "playing" music. Any musician who's been on the road, or who's spent a half-hour trying to master one God-damned riff by playing it over and over again `til you're ready to barf; those musicians will tell you it's anything but "playing". Then why do we do it? Because we HAVE to. If nobody listened at all, we'd still be playing and singing. And we always will. You non-musician pirates and sample goofs will never understand that, nor acheive the satisfaction we derive from the actual creation of actual music. Hang in there John, we probably won't get to the "helicopter and limo" level of show business, but who wants to be "flavor of the week" anyhow? (signed) Unsigned in Canada

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