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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    PaulT (profile), 31 May 2012 @ 1:00am

    Re: A change of tune for her?

    "She was very sad that her album had leaked"

    She's more concerned about the unfinished product being leaked by the look of that. Some artists don't like their work being seen until it's completed and feel that people being exposed to the early drafts might be given a false impression.

    "but she still calls it "stolen""

    While still slightly misplaced, that's certainly a label more applicable to a product not deemed suitable for public consumption being leaked than to people making copies of the finished product that's public available.

    "that it will "mess with sales.""

    ...and in that case, it could. People might hear the album, not be aware that it's unfinished, unedited, unpolished material and decide that the album's no good. They could then not buy the album as they originally intended to, and might pass bad word of mouth on to others.

    If people listen to the finished product and decide that it's not worth paying for, well tough luck you made a bad product. If people listen to an unfinished version and make their decision based on that, well there's definitely room to argue the leak negatively affected sales.

    There's no hypocrisy here, nor inconsistency. She doesn't mind people copying her art once it's finished so that they and others can enjoy it. She does mind if people take rough drafts and unfinished demos.

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