Regardless of who you side with, you can not argue that the music industry’s relationship with their customers is in the crapper. If you’re like me, you view this as a good thing. Even if you’re not though, you can’t really be wondering why, can you? In times when Warner will force the removal of audio in a satirical youtube viral vid, you can be sure that they don’t have much of a sense of humor about anything any more. They’ve run out of things to sue over, so they just throw hail mary’s where ever they can. Lyric and chord/tablature sites, people with radios turned up too loud, parents of kids that might have shared songs, some guy that chose Gn’R of all bands to leak tracks of…. It’s truly comical the lengths to which the whole industry is going to completely decimate their relationship with the people that put them in their Beemers and Versace.
Well, the Pirate Bay is no stranger to being attacked. Christian Engstrom, part of the pirate party decided to sit down and pen a thoughtful piece, concerning what he’s fighting for, why it’s important to everyone and what could turn the train wreck that is copyright and IP around.
Rick Carnes, head of the Songwriter’s Guild, wrote a rebuttal, which is a fantastic read. Not because his points are interesting but because he completely twisted almost every single thing Christian wrote and then addressed the new points, that Christian never made. The fun part is that he did it so transparently that it makes him look like a bit of a tool.
The best part of the piece though? We find out that a man that failed at making a living as a songwriter is the head of the SongWriter’s Guild.