please shut down the serious organised crime agency

Sorry chaps but the country’s in debt and here you are with a name like the “serious organised crime agency” wasting taxpayers’ money going after websites offering music downloads. Then you replace their content with intimidating messages threatening visitors for simply having visited the page to see what the fuss was all about that their IP address and details have been logged and they might face huge fines and stupidly long jail sentences.

Solve some serious organised crime please.

“As a result of illegal downloads young, emerging artists may have had their careers damaged. If you have illegally downloaded music you will have damaged the future of the music industry.”

It’s notable that the statement magically transforms itself from “may” to “will”.

I think the music industry has several problems. Firstly, listeners tend to agree that artists should be compensated for their work. That’s not a problem. What is a problem is that record companies generally feel otherwise. Secondly, the vast majority of music has no monetary value to most people. It just doesn’t. It’s still there and we’ll happily accept it for free, be that by radio, television, online streaming or illegal downloading, but we wouldn’t actually buy much of it on its individual merits. It’s not how we see it.

I listen to Grooveshark at work because it fits pretty well with my general desire that music should be something that’s just *there*, largely unlimited, and doesn’t require much effort on my part to appreciate. I was going to use Spotify but it turns out Spotify made life difficult by requiring Facebook logins. It’s all about convenience and effort. I have no idea if Grooveshark is legal or not, but record companies don’t like it and they are suing it, which is where they’re going wrong – I’d happily pay for it, if it wasn’t for the fact that their free service seems to do everything I want. Record companies have consistently failed to give customers the products and services they want and then they wonder why more convenient services get so much attention.


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One comment on “please shut down the serious organised crime agency
  1. REDrake says:

    Most likely that’s because most of the record companies are owned by old men and women, who have yet to realize that there’s no way younger people will go to nearest store and buy a CD or DVD with a band’s album, just because they want to listen one song. They are far more likely to download the said song from a website.

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