Oct 14 2010
Yesterday in the Irish High Court, a judge ruled that there was no law presently available to him to force ISPs to cut off users who used the ISP bandwidth to illegally download and share music for free…not just a song or two but on a commercial basis. This is a very serious issue…and possibly the end of the recorded music business. It’s wrongly criticised by people who haven’t thought it through as being just about ‘fat cats at record companies, who ripped us off in the past, so sod them!’ The fat cats ripped the artists off too but in those days that route was the only option open to an artist or to a songwriter who depended on the artist to record his/her song. Now, even if you’re an independent artist putting out your own records on your own ‘label’, it’s hard to sell enough units to pay for the cost of recording. Those who shout, ‘Let them go out and tour and sell records at gigs’ etc ignore the fact that there are countless songwriters who are not performing/recording artists and for whom touring is not an option. The younger generation, who historically think everything should be free anyway because their parents paid for everything…Duh!…in short-sightedly championing free music have shot themselves in the foot. Even their own artists and songwriters can’t make a living from records any more. This is simply shop-lifting on an institutionalised scale. When an ISP allows its service to be used for this is it’s like setting up a ‘free line’ in a supermarket where you can just walk out with no checkout at the end. See Ya!
It’s mad, and the Government should realise this. The sooner we get a law to stop it the better. Those in favour say ‘Aye!’