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    Couple of thoughts on legal vs moral/ethical WRT to the current music landscape. Just because something is legal, doesn't make it useful.

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    2) it's quite possible to do things that are very much pro-music but technically wholly illegal under current copyright law.

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    3) it's 'legal' for a record label to spend your money for you without telling you, pay themselves with it, then hold your art to randsom...

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    4) you are free to pay for anything you've torrented. If in doubt, ask the artist. If you're scared to ask the artist, question yourself.

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    5) Whether Spotify is legal or not is moot. It is what it is. No-one is every going to make enough to 'fund' their art/life from it...

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    6) if that doesn't bother you, you have nothing to worry about for now. If it does, you are a grown up, be the change you want to see.

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    8) When Lady Gaga was reported to have made pennies from spotify, she had sold 20 MILLION downloads. These are not unconnected.

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    9) (I think I lost count, go with me). Spotify isn't the future of music. Music is the future of music. Rock stardom is a smile on a dog.

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    10) by far the worst enemies of musicians making music are the RIAA/BPI - trade bodies that couldn't give a flying fuck about art or artists

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    11) torrenting is not a 'moral act'. It's not sticking it to the man. You get music. That's it. If you're grateful for it, say thank you.

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    12) there are many ways to express gratitude. Paying for someone's art is as good as any. As is sharing it around. Get excited about art.

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    13) making a living as a musician has never been easy. The last 50 years of music press has been a giant smoke screen. a billion tons of BS

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    14) the reality of being a musician is way more interesting on twitter than it is in the NME. Offer some encouragement to the minstrels.

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    16) art makes your life better. Bad art eats away at the soul. Bad art is easy to sell than good art. Feed your soul.

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    17) it's unfashionable to give a shit about people. What are you, 12? Screw fashion. build karma. ignore nonsense about copyright legality.

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    7) DEAct or no DEAct music isn't going back behind a firewall. You're a grown up. Do what is right, not just what you can get away with.

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    18) DLing music isn't "stealing" nor is it equiv to forcing someone to fix your heating. Ignore pretty much everything Lars Ulrich ever says

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    19) but neither is torrenting 'helpful'. It's neutral, at best. For me, until you come and say hi, you don't exist, neither do the MP3s.

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    20) I'm v grateful to anyone who bothers to listen to me. Even more so if they buy it/share it. Telling your friends is the new advertising

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    21) there are no 'entitlements' here. I don't have a 'right' to make a living from music, and you don't have a 'right' to hear it.

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    22) art is a gift. A gift to the artist and a gift to those who experience it. Treat is as such, do what you can to make the art flourish.

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    23) here endeth the rant. Namaste. ;)

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    if you're new here thanks to the rant (lots o' new followers.. yay!) here's what I achuamully sound like - bit.ly/jeA1pS :)

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    BTW, there's no such thing as 'The Music Industry'. There are many music industries. Many of them are not in the same business as me...

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