According to Variety:
In Italy, piracy knows no charity.
In the wake of the recent earthquake, 56 popular local artists and musicians recorded a six-minute song to raise reconstruction funds. The uplifting collaboration, titled “Domani 21/4/09,” features turns by top-selling Italo pop performers Jovanotti, Ligabue, Zucchero and Elisa, among others. The song was distributed online for e2 ($2.70) per download, before going out to record stores for e5.
But filesharing sites put a damper on the fund-raising, registering more than two million illegal downloads of the track.
“I feel frustrated and dismayed,” lamented prominent Italo music industryite Caterina Caselli, who produced the song for free with Universal Music. “This time (the pirates) aren’t going against the interests of the hated music majors, but against tens of thousands of citizens who have to start from scratch after having lost everything.”
I’d like to hear from the defenders of file sharing. Of “free” music. Of giving away Mp3s as a loss leader in order to upsell other merchandise. I’d like to hear from those people who say “don’t sue your fans. They’re not doing anything wrong.” I’d like to hear how this situation is all okay. How nobody is getting hurt. How the people who won’t even pony up $2.70 to help others rebuild their lives are all good people.
Is this how fans support there favorite artists? By taking without giving anything back. There is no upsell here. There is no tour or t-shirt or premium behind the scenes footage on some website. There is no attack on a record label that you feel robbed you of your hard earned dollars.
There are artists who donated their time and their talent to try and help out people in need. And there are people who took that work without donating a dime. They took it simply because they wanted it and because they could. And because they are to selfish to care. There is very little middle ground when you steal from a charity.
It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this. Not surprising. Just unfortunate.