I get asked a lot about what I think about about file sharing and peer to peer networks that allow files to be ripped and transferred for free. I received a few e-mails toady about this and I will post my responses shortly.
A few of my colleagues in the music business have addressed this matter in a way that i feel is radically honest and elegantly profound. I wanted to share them here because frankly they have summed up what I believe better than even I could.
Because I am known as a musician I get offered free CD’S, and club admission all the time. Even If I am on the guest list for a band that I am friends with I will pay admission because I choose and like to support them. I have never downloaded a file from the internet for free and I never will.
Here are some great thoughts from Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October, and Steve Vai.
Justin- “If you treasure my songs, my art, like I do, then please discourage the burning and ripping of the music contained on my CD’s.
Steve Vai- “I think that ripping tracks from the Internet is a blatant disregard for the intellectual property rights of the artists that create the art, most of whom live hand to mouth. Believe it or not, “file sharing” is bringing the music industry to an all time low and at the end of this we will see at least a 25% decline is sales. That will put a lot of Indies out of business, make the majors smaller and less effective in marketing, and discourage many musicians from making music as it will seem more and more hopeless to make a living in the business. So, buyer beware of what your doing when you rip from the net. I have never even once in my life downloaded a track from the net for free because I know how it effects the artists.”