Musician Claims He Was Tricked Into Appearing In Anti-Piracy Video

from the duped dept

Australian guitarist Lindsay McDougall was asked to appear in a film that he was told would be about what it was like to try surviving as a musician -- and only later realized that it was actually part of an industry-backed anti-piracy campaign. He's quite upset about it, as he claims he would never take part in an anti-piracy campaign if he'd known that's what it was:
"I have never come out against internet piracy and illegal downloading and I wouldn't do that - I would never put my name to something that is against downloading and is against piracy and stuff, it's something that I believe is a personal thing from artist to artist.... I would never be part of this big record industry funded campaign to crush illegal downloads, I'm not like [Metallica drummer] Lars Ulrich. I think it's bullshit, I think it's record companies crying poor and I don't agree with it....I'm from a punk rock band, it's all about getting your music out any way you can - you don't make money from the record, the record companies make the money from the record. If they can't make money these days because they haven't come onside with the way the world is going, it's their own problem."
The folks who put together the movie claim that they were clear upfront about the movie and who was making it. They also say that the movie only has a small segment that's anti-piracy -- but that's not quite accurate. The rest of the movie basically just plays up how tough it is to be a musician on a major label and how difficult it is to make money as a musician. While there are some segments about how useful the internet is, the overriding message is definitely a combination of "think of the poor musician" and "don't file share." It's definitely not a pure anti-piracy film, and it does have some balance -- but it definitely does push the anti-piracy message.

Filed Under: anti-piracy, australia, lindsay mcdougall, musicians, recording industry


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    eleete, 1 May 2008 @ 10:45am

    I'd like to see the video....

    I'd like to see the video that explains just why it is so tough for these artists when the RIAA and MPAA immediately value ALL music so high whenever they cry foul. I mean if it's worth $750,000 in fines when i upload 12 or so songs, seems like THE RIAA should be the ones with the bullseye on its forehead. Don't get me wrong I appreciate artists struggles in becoming a known name, but how can it be that any song I have in the RIAA catalog is thousands and thousands of dollars per instance PER user, but in their very own negotiations with the artist they pull 99% of that value out and give them barely enough to eat. No one seems to want to say it but this is a giant thorn in the side of our economy. I'm sure all Americans would love to draw sums well into the future and beyond their demise for a career at any job... But the RIAA and MPAA who have been collecting funds feverishly like this for decades is now crying poor mouth ? Hogwash ! It's time to dismantle that archaic system and let the money flow directly to the individual creators and end this gravy train created by draconian laws. Every time you read a case about one of these associations they boo hoo about how they need the funds to pay the people but many people who work on those productions get paid for a days work, and that's It... done. But these huge corporations... united into associations, are sucking billions off the economy for work that is complete and paid for. Anyone who wants it to continue should have the bizarre option to pay however much they want to be scammed for, but for the rest of us, I doubt that even 100 songs could EVER be valued at $750,000 or more. It's ridiculous and they're spreading this rhetoric all over foreign nations now, trying to attach copyright laws to all sorts of unrelated laws just to shove it down the throats of any who might oppose. Can you say Anti Trust ? It's disgusting GREED and nothing more. (I need a breath, though i could go on for days.)

    e

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