This post over at Torrentfreak.com really pissed me off. So I let fly at all the little assholes who keep claiming peer-to-peer technology is “good” for independent musical artists and labels. And I stand by what I said.
Wow, that’s so awesome that p2p is so helpful to minor label artists! I mean, it’s so neat that, instead of getting paid for the long hours of work one puts into writing, recording and producing an album, one can actually live on the goodwill of grammatically-challenged retards all around the world!
Come the fuck on. You wanna steal shit from artists, fine, but don’t talk about how you’re helping them. I’m sick of listening to p2p pundits burbling along about how helpful they are to artists. There’s no politics of liberation here, no high minded idealism. You’re fucking scumbags who just want shit for free and don’t care whether or not the people who make it benefit from their labor.
P2P does not help artists make money. Period. Sorry, I’ve heard all the arguments, and none of them hold water. Having your shit on Gnutella or TPB is a good way to get exposure…but exposure does not translate into “making a living”. Something you little piglets don’t ever seem to understand is that, in order for an artist to profit from touring, somebody has to underwrite the costs of touring. That somebody — not counting rich kids who can afford to take three months off and pay for vans and equipment and personnel costs — is called a “record label”. And labels won’t fund tours — which artists make the majority of the profits from — if the label can’t make money off album sales, which is where their profits come from. And you’re not making money selling merch unless you’ve got yourself a fan base…which, by and large, comes from touring.
The difference is that big labels are part of massive conglomerates, who are far better at riding out the costs of producing and distributing music than small indie labels. If Sony BMG sells a million less copies of a Britney Spears album because of Net piracy, no big deal.
But a small label isn’t doing twenty million units for every album. In most cases, they’re lucky if they’re moving 100,000. So you’re hurting the indies a lot worse by not buying the music you like that they are responsible for bringing to you.
But none of you actually know that, because you’re perfectly content to wax rhapsodic about the destruction of the record industry with absolutely no goddamn understanding of how that industry works. You have some stupid fantasy that Cory Doctorow sold you and that’s the limit of your knowledge. Christ, it’s like listening to Star Trek fanboys trying to expound on how NASA builds spaceships. You’re clueless little dweebs.
I’m not saying that the record industry in its current form is a good thing. It’s not. But YOU’RE NOT OFFERING ANY REAL ALTERNATIVES, except suggesting that musicians should be happy with whatever you deign to throw their way, like medieval beggars standing outside the gates of the palace begging for scraps. You’re tearing down a corrupt system and replacing it with precisely nothing at all.
Well, fuck you, you little douchebags. You are not heroes. You are not liberators. You just don’t want to pay for the art you enjoy. Keep justifying that to yourself. And when the indies keep shutting down, and all you’re left with is the mindless pop crap that the majors know they can sell to hormonal teenagers from Vancouver to Cape Town, don’t fucking whine, because it’s your fault. Accept responsibility for your sociopathic behavior.
Yeah. That’s how we roll in my motherfucking hood.