Independent Music / SOPA & PIPA

3 years ago

So we’ve all heard, read, listened to what is going on with copyright issues involving the extreme rules that SOPA & PIPA are trying to create. For one I have to say some of the measures they are trying to inflict are ridiculous. We could all talk and discuss for hours what these measures could do to the Internet if they were to come into place. However this discussion is all about Independent Music.

For one I’m a huge, huge fan of Independent music, the know those bands who arn’t signed to a huge label and are finding it hard getting out there with the way the music industry is going. I was just wondering do you think that the measures SOPA & PIPA will help the support of bands who are in need. If so there may be a positive side to this after all….

But what do you think???

February 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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Profile photo of Bobby Bobby (@bobbylloydxd) 3 years ago ago

I download torrents of independent bands all of the time. Most of the music that I listen to is from small independent labels. I do feel bad about not paying them for the music that I download but it is not about to stop me from doing so.
If I had purchased anywhere close to half of the music in my itunes library I would be swimming in a pool of debt. If downloading music for free wasn’t available, I wouldn’t be familiar with a lot of the music that I know.
I do make a point though of going to the concerts of the bands that I listen to when they come through town. If I didn’t download their music I wouldnt listen to it. If I didn’t listen to it I wouldnt go to their concerts. I imagine that there are many people that are in the same boat as me.
The indie bands definitely don’t make as much as they would if everyone that listened to their music bought their albums. But how many people really would buy their albums? They might be better off with the publicity they get from people knowing their music.

Profile photo of Alec Alec (@alec7) 3 years ago ago

Record companies are outdated. They are the only ones truly in support of these policies. I believe artists will typically make more money through independent distribution than through a big corporation. (Thanks to the internet) Exposure doesn’t require the big bucks these days, which is where the record companies were effective. Times are changing, innovation will succeed.

The record company business model is failing, and it has been for years. Legislation can only do so much to stop innovation. New models will succeed.

EDIT: from a veteran,


It HAS to move back to the live sound. Recordings are becoming obsolete because of the internet. The sound and the immediate gratification of recordings numb us to the spectrum of live sound that is a sacred tradition of our heritage. This has lead to music consisting of sounds solely composed of pulse to the detriment of the groove. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a good thing. Many modern jazz musicians are moving toward a more pulse-oriented sound. But the difference is that they still adhere to the standard of live quality and musicianship that has been set by our predecessors. Ultimately, the live experience beats the recording 11 out of 10 times. This stems from the aspect of musical communion that you get from actually playing with and listening to musicians interacting on a human level.

Like @Bobby said, the best way to support the artists you like is to go see them in concert.

Profile photo of Nathan Stockill Nathan Stockill (@stoxxy) 3 years ago ago

I agree with you on live music, I’ve got to the point where I even If i download a bands album i’ll go see them live, buy some merch etc. Just like I did with the Maccabee’s recently although I did buy their music. I’ve been known to download music for free however I do try to support independent bands who are in need.

Thanks for the input guys.

Profile photo of Alec Alec (@alec7) 3 years ago ago
Profile photo of Nathan Stockill Nathan Stockill (@stoxxy) 3 years ago ago

@Matt J

Good input mate, thanks

I was not aware we wouldn’t be able to rip a paid CD onto your ipod, that shit is just ridiculous. I’ve read about the whole MJ thing as well, his doctor only got 4 years right, but you would receive 5 years imprisonment if you downloaded thriller ridiculous.

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