In a recent-ish interview Neil Young tossed out the following thought: “Piracy is the new radio — that’s how music gets around.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but radio must “pay to play.” It’s not free. There are all sorts of software applications to record and tally and create accurate playlists from radio shows that are then used to sort out the royalties.
Piracy is wrong. It’s the theft of intellectual property. The pirated material offers no royalties back to its creator. The pirate website pays no royalties. How is piracy like radio? (Okay, I get his point that the “work” is getting out in the world, but it’s certainly not even close to an apples to apples comparison.)
I’m such a fan of one of the new ways we’re shutting down piracy—making it impossible for the pirate sites to accept their membership fees. Copyright holders are complaining to PayPal and PayPal (after investigation) has begun yanking the transaction privileges of some sites. Recently, a foreign country shut down some pirate sites based in their country before a state visit to the U.S. (One wants to make a good impression, no?)
We are seeing some “wins” against piracy, but this battle is far from won. It’s bad enough that a writer cannot leave her/his body of work to a family trust forever. You can start Johnson & Johnson and keep that forever. You just can’t write a book and keep that in the family forever.
Okay. Emotional rant over for today. It’s your turn now. Go! Rant! What’s ticking you off?