This Has To Be A Joke: Music Duo Claims It Won't Sell CDs Again Until 'Piracy' Is Stopped
from the um,-huh? dept
Someone who prefers to remain anonymous sent over this odd story of a musical duo who put up a notice on the band’s website claiming that, due to “piracy,” they were no longer going to sell CDs. But the reasoning makes no sense at all:
NOTICE: Due to uncontrolled Music Piracy, [Our album]
will no longer be sold to the general public. We refuse to cater to thieves and criminals. When the Worldwide Piracy problems is solved, then we
will begin sales once again.
Notice I chopped out the name of the band/album, because this seems so outlandish that I’m wondering if it’s just a publicity stunt. Or a joke. It seems like it must be, because the basic logic of the statement above is so backwards as to defy reason. By not selling a CD, you’re basically telling people the only way to get the album is through unauthorized channels. At least offering the CD lets some people buy it. Claiming that not selling it is a way to avoid “catering to thieves and criminals” makes no sense, since all it does is make it that much more difficult for anyone to support the band legally. That’s why I’m guessing this is some sort of joke. The band also has a Twitter account (again, not linking to it on purpose), which is filled with a ton of articles about unauthorized access to content (many of them very old articles) with commentary that is somewhat amusing for how far off the mark it is. For example, one Twitter message “blames ‘piracy'” on some of Nine Inch Nails’ experiments — the ones that are making the band lots of money. So, again, I’m wondering if this is just some sort of reverse psychology attempt by a band to get people to download their stuff. Seems like there are more effective ways of doing that.