Regina Spektor: I'm Lucky That People Can Get All My Music For Free

from the spread-the-love dept

We recently wrote about how both Amanda Palmer and Steve Albini think that file sharing is great for musicians. In the comments to that post, dwg pointed us to a new interview with musician Regina Spektor. The whole interview is interesting, but at the end there's a tidbit on how she feels about file sharing:
"I grew up poor, and there are a lot of people that grew up a lot poorer than I am," Spektor says. "Though, to me, I think that if somebody doesn't have an easy life, they should at least have access to free books and film and music. I think that I feel very lucky to live in this time where people can go online and get everything I've ever made, whether they have a lot of money or not.

"So much of the music that I found out about — whether it was late, it's better than never — was through people burning CDs for me and people making cassette mixes for me and people giving it to me for free. I feel really grateful that people can just type in my name and listen to things that I made. I feel so lucky for that."
Of course, I would imagine that her music label, Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music, might not appreciate her saying that. Still, it's good to see more artists speaking out on this topic and combating the silly "sharing is theft" argument that the RIAA wants everyone to believe.
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Filed Under: file sharing, free music, regina spektor
Companies: riaa, sire records, warner music

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 May 2012 @ 3:13pm

    At some point hopefully, the vast majority of people who aren't particularly up on all this stuff and don't realise that all this copyright piracy bs is actually about stuff that they have always done.
    The only difference being that it's the same stuff just online and that it being done online doesn't actually change anything, doesn't cost anyone any money, doesn't damage sales and isn't taking unfair advantage of anyone.

    When they get that anytime they sang happy birthday in public they were pirates, anytime they sang a song they liked outside the privacy of their own home they were pirates, anytime they played their tapes, cds and mp3s in a field or on the beach they were pirates, anytime they taped a tv programme or movie off air and gave that tape to a friend they were pirates anytime they perused a magazine that someone just left behind, anytime they read a book a friend lent them, anytime their kids made collages from magazines; they were all infringing copyright and should by the rhetoric of the maximalists have been destroying the earnings potential of the music, movies, publishing industries etc.

    When they completely understand that in these instances everyone always have been pirates and not only did it not damage these businesses but enhanced them they will push back and hard.
    If at the same time, they ever figure out, how much money the **AAs and their fellow travellers are costing everyone globally with their insanity, between DRM and legislation and trials and takedowns , the people who make up the **AAs and their paid off cohorts will be lucky to abandon their posts before their posts get torched and even luckier if they ever work again.

    People are being very slow at getting the context, but when they get it, look out.

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