Mega WTF Load?
You may or may not have heard that megaupload and its bro megavideo were taken by the feds yesterday for substantial copyright violations to the tune of half a billion dollars. That is a mega load of illicit file sharing by anyone’s theiving standards. Bad news for figurehead CEO Swizz Beatz who recently went on a publicity drive for the file sharing site when he put together stars of the hip hop and R’nB world in the legendardy Meagaupload song which we brought to you back in December. What is perhaps most LOLZ about this situation is the reason behind the FBI raid, ired enough by the involvement of their artists in promoting the theft of their own music, Universal allegedly reached the end of their tether when it decided that one of its artists didn’t agree to be in the video, not that anyone in that video looks like they are having a gun held to their head. Megaupload counters that it has the release for the artist.
But the FBI made a big mistake judging by the backlash the music industry has recieved over the last 24 hours, courtesy of the one and only anonymous who have declared war on the music industry attacking the sites of BMI (who collect liscencing fees), the FBI, Motion Picture Association, RIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America), Universal Music and Department of Justice.
The question really isn’t the ethics of illegal file sharing rather that there probably needs to be an acceptance that people are, in general, no longer willing to pay for music and as history has shown with Napster and Pirate Bay, as soon as you take one port down it will be replaced by ten more. The music industry needs to find new and innovative ways to hawk product or adapt with new business models that don’t rely on the sale of records, look at The Weekend who is still yet to sell a record but who has achieved massive success. It’s a shame that people really no longer see music as a product they have to pay for but that is largely the result of so extensively removing its physicality and chopping it up into singular parts. “What album? I’ve got these three tracks though…” FML…
Let slip the dogs of war.