1. Zacqary Adam Green
    June 22, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    The reality is, people could access all of our work from The Pirate Bay, while running Adblock, and therefore experience everything we’ve ever created without any money going to anyone, anywhere. There is nothing stopping anyone from doing that.

    But they like us. So they find a way to give us money.

    Maybe it’s just because I’m Emily’s age, but I don’t really mind being a charity. Commercial transactions suck anyway. I don’t like the idea of selling merch, because A) the 3D-printer Diamond Age JoCo wrote about is going to kill that anyway, and B) the last thing people need are more useless knick-knacks to buy. In this new reality, all the pretenses and complexities of the market are shattered, and our only choice, really, is to focus all of our energy on moving people. Being an artist.

    I haven’t managed to get YFIAS to support me full-time just yet. But I’ve made a hell of a lot more money than I’d have made had I tried to sell it to a network or use it to push merchandise. Or putting it behind a paywall, for that matter.

  2. Rowyn
    June 22, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Spotify and Grooveshark bug me more than the pirate sites, because they can sucker people who _are_ trying to be ethical.  :/

  3. Therese Renee Miller
    June 26, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

     Your music does make love to my ears.

  4. Miranda Hein
    July 21, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    Most of my high school students just really don’t think twice about “free” music.  Your post does a great job of explaining why it’s important to respect the intellectual property of the artists they claim to love.  I hope some of them change their minds after hearing from you!


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