This person could have simply paid .99/song. Instead, he illegally stole the music from the Internet and shared the songs online.
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The amount is excessive for this reason: ANYONE now thinking of bypassing the 99 cents at iTunes, will think long and hard about file sharing (stealing) music for sale on the Internet!
Some good thoughts, Bob. You are correct in saying signed artists make a laughable % on CD sales. But there are 1000s of independent artists (like myself) who can't afford to tour. We indies are taking the brunt of file sharing, aka stealing.
Not sure where the money goes. I would bet half goes to the publishers and half to the record companies. The excessive amount is enough to scare most people from even thinking about file sharing in the future.
Interesting take ...
Yep! A huge lesson!
Very well said, Larry. I am a recording artist and I could not have worded your contribution any better! I remember walking into a record store, choosing a vinyl 33 1/3 album, walking to the checkout stand AND PAYING FOR IT...Imagine that!
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