So Google has finally got round to doing something about music piracy on the Internet. By blocking the word ”torrent’ in searches it sort of half hopes the problem will go away.
Unfortunately it’s a sticking plaster over a gaping wound as a million musicians livelihoods drain away.
It’s not that the musicians want to make millions. Many just want to make music and pay their way and survive or just pay for the rehearsal room, studio etc.
The most bizarre thing is the disdain musicians are held in. Like they don’t deserve to scrape any kind of living in the filthiest business known to man. Somehow it’s deemed ok to spend a grand on a laptop from some big corporate company but somehow wrong to pay for the music you play on it. Many non musicians have been sat on line saying all music should be free. ‘Why don’t they just record an album in their bedroom.’ They type from their seafront condominiums on Brighton seafront forreting that many young bands trying to start in council estates don’t have spare bedrooms or laptops.
There still seems to be a residual mindset that musicians live like the Rolling Stones and are rolling in money and deserve to be fleeced but that’s nowhere near the reality. It seem odd that the Pirate Party can paint themselves as modern day Robin Hoods, folklore heroes helping give away all this music when it’s actually the opposite.
The Internet could easily stop this situation but there are darker farces at work and the value of music hits rock bottom. It should be up to the musician if they want to give their work away for free and many do. The days of the fifteen quid CD are, thankfully over. It was a hideous format and somebody was making a lot of money from it but there has to be some sort of bottom line as many creative people are giving up and releasing new music becomes a pointless exercise.