OK, folks. Here’s a story to keep an eye on: Investigation into DJ piracy amid claims newcomers are stealing the show from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Wow! The music industry’s going to crack down on club DJs now. Great way to try and snub out one of your most important means of PR, music industry!
From the article:
…legitimate DJs were being undermined by pirates who could afford lower rates. “I’ve come across people that I’ve DJed alongside at various functions where their laptops have been filled with MP3s – they show it off,” he said.”If I’m going out buying vinyl and I’ve got some young buck with a computer full of 20,000 MP3s, it’s hard to compete.”
Good points in response on this forum:
…there is some seriously misguided thinking comeing out of this article.
[DJs] could have also bought them on the endless supply of music stores online – namely beatPort which explicitly said that playing their music, subject to local copyright laws, live is perfectly legit. Equating MP3’s to piracy is like equating food to crime. A high quality DRM free song isn’t always pirated. Get with the times and don’t assume vinyle is the only legitimate form of music in clubs.
…P2P is the best thing that has ever happened to club music because more music can be seriously exposed. Just look at the study commissioned by the government of Canada and you’ll note that if I’m using P2P, I’m far more likely to pay for music.
This looks beyond the fact that DJs are an incredibly powerful way to promote music. It isn’t the first time that the music industry attacked those helping their industry flourish, so if the record companies are breathing down your backs DJs, don’t play their music. They’ve clearly gotten greedy enough to ruin your livelihood because they think they are better off suing you than letting you help them gain exposure…