Unsigned Band Thrilled It's One Of The 'Most Pirated'
from the adapting-to-the-market dept
We’ve seen a bunch of examples recently of indie bands embracing changes in the market and technology to create success stories, but this is a first: an indie band sent us a press release (and, yes, we normally ignore press releases, but this one is interesting…) hyping up the fact that it’s one of the most downloaded bands on The Pirate Bay. Specifically, the band, Georgia Wonder seems positively thrilled that its EP — which was purposely put on file sharing sites — quickly jumped into the top twenty “most shared” songs on The Pirate Bay. And, of course, the press release includes a link to their songs at The Pirate Bay.
Obviously, the band is hardly the first to actively put its music on file sharing sites, or be happy to see it on The Pirate Bay, but it is worth pointing out that this is an unsigned band, and was able to make its way up the most shared list quite quickly (within days), and is so thrilled with the promotional value of it, that it’s promoting it even further. And yet, politicians and entertainment companies still insist sites like The Pirate Bay need to be shut down. At some point, maybe the politicians will realize it’s not because The Pirate Bay represents “theft,” but because it represents competition as a distribution mechanism.