Record Label Begs Fans To Put Latest Tracks On Pirate Bay To Help Bandwidth Load

from the well-how-about-that dept

Paul Talbot writes "The independent record label Labrador Records has been giving away a 68 track free MP3 sampler to promote their summer material. However, they couldn't cope with the demand. Rather than withdraw the downloads, they've chosen to use a mirror service and are actually asking people to put the content on thepiratebay.org." Yes, there are certainly more independent labels who are learning to embrace file sharing as a great promotional tool, but it's nice to see one clearly finding value in using The Pirate Bay and asking more people to help out. It would certainly go against the RIAA's claims that The Pirate Bay and similar services have no legitimate reason for being in business.


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    Eric the Grey, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 5:34pm

    But, but...

    The Pirate Bay and peer to peer services are evil incarnate! I know, the *IAA's tole me so.

    It's kind of funny, really. I'll have to check these guys out tomorrow from home while I can grab the album and download it.


    EtG

     

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    mike, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 5:41pm

    nice while it lasted

    150 years ago copyright/patents was a concept, then it became a civil matter to infringe on this concept, now it's an extraditable criminal offence, i hope that one day it will no longer exist...

    record companies did not have a business model 150 years ago, with home studios, cd burners and file sharing, lets hope that music returns to being about the music and not how many units the big guys can ship...

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 7:53pm

      Re: nice while it lasted

      Following your trend, it'll either wind up with capital punishment or be dissolved. My guess is capital punishment. :P

       

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    DaveZ, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 5:51pm

    It is on vuze as a BitTorrent

     

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    Michael Long, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 6:52pm

    Finding value?

    "finding value in using The Pirate Bay"

    Yeah, I guess they can find value in the fact that they can suck up someone else's bandwidth instead of paying for their own.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 8:31pm

      Re: Finding value?

      "Yeah, I guess they can find value in the fact that they can suck up someone else's bandwidth instead of paying for their own."

      ITYM having the fans contribute some (otherwise unused) bandwidth in order to help promote a band they love.

       

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      Mike (profile), Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 11:23pm

      Re: Finding value?

      Yeah, I guess they can find value in the fact that they can suck up someone else's bandwidth instead of paying for their own.

      You say that as if it's negative. What's wrong with making more efficient use of bandwidth?

       

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      Paul`, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 12:31am

      Re: Finding value?

      ... Only people who choose to use their bandwidth.

       

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      satan, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 1:27am

      Re: Finding value?

      It must suck that you have to pay for it, oh wait you don't, asswipe.

       

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      Ven, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 8:27am

      Re: Finding value?

      So your complaining that instead of charging you for their music they are asking for a small 'in kind' payment by way of bandwidth?

      I might understand your point if this was one of those MPAA sponsored for pay P2P movie services, but this is no charge (tough not necessarily free) content.

       

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      Felix, Jul 29th, 2007 @ 8:32am

      Re: Finding value?

      They're GIVING AWAY the music for free. Perhaps they should pay you to listen to it as well?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 23rd, 2007 @ 8:38pm

    Should have put it on giganews, or posibly another one of the major NNTP dealers. Then you'd have the most stable platform to distribute your files from.

     

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    mike allen, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 12:39am

    The point this promotional album is FREE. so why not put it on pirate bay or limewire. The major companies should adapt the same attitude and Kill off the RIAA.

     

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      SailorRipley, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 6:24am

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      The major companies ARE the RIAA

       

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        Kostas J. (zatorg), Jul 24th, 2007 @ 7:08am

        Re: Re:

        Yeah I know. Although I adore some of the works that some of them have done I feel sick of all that crap (I couldn't believe DreamWorks were in when I found that out).
        I understand it's all about money... I do understand that there is probably no better solution (as Churchill has said, capitalism is the best of the worst).

        P2P is like anarchism... Something like Project Mayhem in Fight Club but less harming (although it's harming a lot financially.. Yet I like it).

         

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    Kostas J. (zatorg), Jul 24th, 2007 @ 5:56am

    Masses don't understand what BitTorrent is

    I suppose that people consider BitTorrent to be similar to for instance Kazaa and other P2P programs where your bandwith is consumed without proper notice. Well, BitTorrent is a lot different from that: people upload parts of the data that you have already downloaded; when you download everything, you become a "seed", e.g. you have all the parts that may be needed. Every Torrent is an internal network which "hosts" peers interested in downloading the same material as you are.

    Oh, and by the way, I find MPAA and RIAA to be one of the most evil things on this piece of rock.

     

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