Don Bartlett, who manages a variety of music acts, and who has guest posted
in the past, alerted us to a recent blog post by a band he works with, called Skybox, explaining their views on file sharing
. Like many smart music acts these days, the band is totally cool with people downloading their stuff, but they add one addition to it: if you're going to share it, then really share it
and spread it to others:
So here is our win/win proposal to people who download the record from a filesharing site: If you like the album, pick your favorite song and email it to 10 of your friends. Simple as that. That way you get to enjoy the record AND our music gets promoted. If you're feeling really ambitious, post a link to our new video on your twitter or facebook. Or use the "share" button on all of the players on our site... they're easy as hell to use and are a simple way to have your friends check out our music. You get the idea.
It's nice to see a band not just recognize that file sharing isn't necessarily a bad thing, but also recognize the increased benefit from the actual sharing, while encouraging more such sharing.