“Today I want to talk about piracy and music. What is piracy? Piracy is the act of stealing an artist’s work without any intention of paying for it. I’m not talking about Napster-type software.
I’m talking about major label recording contracts.
There were a billion music downloads last year, but music sales are up. Where’s the evidence that downloads hurt business? Downloads are creating more demand.
I have a 14-year-old niece. She used to want to be a rock star. Before that she wanted to be an actress. As of six months ago, what do you think she wants to be when she grows up? What’s the glamorous, emancipating career of choice? Of course, she wants to be a Web designer. It’s such a glamorous business!
A great writer named Neal Stephenson said that America does four things better than any other country in the world: rock music, movies, software and high-speed pizza delivery. All of these are sacred American art forms. Let’s return to our purity and our idealism while we have this shot. “
Metallica needs ot hire Cortney as advisor and spokesperson if they ever want to win the fans. Way to go Courtney!
The big problem is the distribution channels are all getting destroyed aand rebuilt on the internet, with respect to content. Fact nothing will stop it, not laws, nor press releases and not encryption. Remember there is always someone in the world smarter than you and willing to share. I don’t have a solution to how to artists get payed but from the sound of it they are not getting paid now.