The BBC reports that the US Government has shut down MEGAupload the world’s biggest file sharer, and charged its founder with violating laws relating to piracy.
Is this the first part of a fightback against the pirates fleecing musicians more than any major label could dream of?
Or is it an oppressive 1984 situation which means the powers that be won’t let you give away other people’s music for free?
Are these sites like Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor or are they parasites who steal a poor musicians music and give it away making profits from their ads on their site (quite often porn ads).
Are the pirates an inevitable part of the future of music and the labels that are going bust dinosaurs? Are you a musician who has given up recording music because its just a waste of hard earned money?
Should anyone’s work be unpaid and owned by someone else? Some people argue that the pirates make a musicians life better – helping them get their music out there and that they are good people – do you agree?