Last year, Cracker’s David Lowery wrote an open letter to an indy rock-loving student who’s boasted on her blog about having 11,000 songs in her music library, of which only 15 CDs worth had been paid for.
I … find this all this sort of sad. Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly. Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that certify they don’t use sweatshops. Many in your generation pressured Apple to examine working conditions at Foxconn in China. Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples. On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation. Except for one thing. Artist rights.
[Hat tip Sanda Aistars]