Anyone who reads my blog knows that one of my biggest loves is music. And anyone who knows the first thing about music knows that it’s an industry that’s in a little bit of trouble.
I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people who listen to music download some of it free. And in today’s world, that seems fair enough right? I mean, if everyone else is doing it then why not?
Here are a couple reasons why you shouldn’t be illegally downloading your music:
1. Most artists who release an album worked on those 12 tracks for close to a year, if not more, before putting it out in the world. That’s a lot of work for someone to steal their work for free.
2. A musician needs you to buy their albums so that their record label can afford to send them on tour across the world. How else did you think they got to where you live?!
3. It’s kinda mean to steal.
4. Just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t mean it’s right (I’m going to reincarnate your mom here: if all your friends jump off a bridge, would you do that too?!)
5. A lot of money and time goes into making records, and by not paying for them, a lot of people are losing that money. The industry is in trouble and people are losing their jobs because of it!
I’ve always tried to be very careful. I believe in supporting artists that I love, because I want them to continue making music. If we don’t buy, they might not be able to. iTunes has more of my money than I care to think about at this point, but I still feel like it’s not enough.
Throughout the years, the ‘music piracy’ lines are becoming blurred. What’s technically illegal and what isn’t? Here’s something I didn’t know, and had to learn the hard way: taking a video of a live song and posting it on YouTube is against the law. That artist can technically tell YouTube that you’re stealing their material, and YouTube gives you a strike. Three strikes, you’re out. I thought about this one for a while when it happened to me because I was kind of offended to start off. I mean, doesn’t EVERYONE upload their favorite tracks to YouTube nowadays? Why was I getting a slap on the wrist for it? But it is the artists’ right to have their material taken off, and I can’t really be insulted by that.
I don’t expect you to read this and have some huge change of heart if you happen to download stuff illegally. But in an attempt to be more mindful of my actions this month (and always, really), I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the fact that stealing someone’s work isn’t just against the law in most countries, it isn’t right. Most people will continue to do it because everyone else will continue to do it, but if you think about it before downloading off the internet next time and help that musician continue to pursue their dreams instead, you’ll feel that much better about yourself.
I know I do!
What do you think about music piracy?