This NY Times article suggests that artists are more worried about the problems of fans downloading demo tapes or half finished works from the Internet verses piracy of copyrighted works. One band is System of a Down, whose latest album, "Steal This Album," is a title spoof Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book." The band is open about their thoughts regarding the leaker of the unfinished songs: "If I knew (who it was), then someone's head would be broken in," says Daron Malakian, the band's guitarist.
Serj Tankian, the band's singer, said: "I'll tell you, with this whole Internet thing, I have no problem with it. I like the fact that kids can download stuff and experience different kinds of music and check out new bands (See this NYTimes article on the kids latest efforts to keep the downloading alive and David Kushner's Rolling Stone piece on the failings of DRM). Even if finished material comes out two or three weeks ahead, it's no big deal to me. It's the trading of unfinished songs that bothers me."
Sounds like a band supporting the sharing of works over the Internet to me, a la Mr. Rogers in the Betamax case.Posted by Mary Hodder at November 29, 2002 09:27 AM