Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and Prince were pioneering innovators who actively released their new music to P2P file-sharing networks. A widely-celebrated example is pop sensation Justin Bieber. His success and popularity were fuelled by free sharing on YouTube, Twitter and P2P networks. On a more balanced note, well-known musicians like Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Shakira and several other big stars have stated that they don’t care about their music being pirated.
Others may not speak out aloud but Liam Gallagher, founder and lead singer of rock band Oasis has eloquently expressed what many musicians feel about piracy: “I don’t mind it. I hate all these big, silly rock stars who moan – at least they’re f**king downloading your music, you c**t, and paying attention, know what I mean? You should f**king appreciate that – what are you moaning about? You’ve got f**king five big houses, so shut up!”
Proponents for piracy do garner a lot of attention when they speak in favor of piracy. It could be a loaded attempt to market themselves or perhaps they do feel honestly about it. There are many success stories of Indie musicians who went the P2P way. While their reasons may vary, it’s clear across the board that pro-piracy musicians and celebs tend to care more about sharing their music than selling it for a price.
Justin Bieber’s popularity is fuelled by music sharing. His first 2 albums still achieved Platinum status in USA and Canada.
Lady Gaga doesn’t mind people downloading her music for free, telling Times Online “touring makes up for piracy.”
Dave Grohl believes piracy is not a crime. He supports downloading because it’s people trading music, saying ‘stop bitching about the 25 cents’ lost at a time.
Shakira supports internet file-sharing. Music piracy makes her feel closer to her fans, calling it the democratization of music.
Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien feels downloading is like home taping. He doesn’t agree file sharing is killing the industry, knowing downloaders also buy concert tickets and merch.
Joss Stone thinks music piracy is great. She loves it. Period. She feels piracy is brilliant because music should be shared. The only part attached to music Joss dislikes is business!
Nelly Furtado has outright stated she supports music piracy. She thinks musicians shouldn’t worry about making money, saying ‘if you love music, you’re going to make it anyway.’