Thom Yorke on Piracy

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    1. When I pirated, it was to gain easy access to music for which there was poor stewardship (eg. early EPs, limited runs, out-of-print releases, live performances, covers, and B-Sides).

      For a while, there was a great underground culture of audiophiles that embraced this; I’m rather wistful about it slowly declining into people flat out stealing and claiming the bands should just be happy there are people who like them at all.
      Fortunately, a compromise seems to be naturally forming: convert the current system (releasing a 12 track album that’s 75% potboiling bullshit every 2 years) and re-embrace the individually sold singles and five(ish) track EPs of material that they have their heart in.

      Unfortunately, only struggling independent bands seem to doing this, mainstream music still sucks, and there’s still no motherfucking stewardship for rare music for audiophiles to enjoy legally.


    2. The reason “Radio is so Shit” is because there is no profit in playing music that nobody is buying. Nor is there any reason for a Band or Performer to keep killing themselves trying to make a living if there stuff just gets pirated and they get nothing. For God’s sake people, you like a song? Quit being such a Cheap Ass and spend a buck and download it through iTunes or Amazon or Somebody. Think of it as throwing a buck into their hat. Can’t afford that? Try Spotify or Mog or Rdio or Pandora or some other Music Streaming Service so that the Artist gets something tossed in their hat and are encouraged to keep it up. Check out iHeart Radio and see if there is an honest to God Local Station out there somewhere that ISN’T shit and encourage THEM. You want more of something? Open your wallet and make it worth their while.


      • While I agree that spending a buck or so on a song you like is reasonable, good luck finding the electronic music you want to download. A lot of artists don’t necessarily have deals with Amazon/Apple/etc. when they are up an coming. I’m fond of a donation to the artist method, where the artist hosts their own content and takes donations or a small profit from each sale.


    3. Convenience.

      Free, easy, and quick will always beat cheap, some hassle, and extra programs to download. It’s very simple. Everything else is moral posturing.


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