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The Flogging, Part 2: Pirate's Bay Through the Eyes of a Svensk Poutiner

Posted by Jer / April 24, 2009

Pirate MixTape.jpegThis post comes courtesy of Goran, a MTL Poutiner alumni and law aficionado who is currently functioning as MP's Swedish correspondent (he's re-located there temporarily). Although we normally stick to Montreal-only affairs on the site, we asked him to update us on the internationally and electronically relevant Pirate Bay Trial. He's recently abandoned his eye-patch and fake hook to discover more legitimate means of musical booty consumption. Here's part two of his response to the outcome of the trial (part one is here)

Who's the Pirate?

So let's be serious for just a second. Industry, you're bleeding money out of your arses. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of the artists, most of which are crap but some of which we actually care about. Instead spending the last 10 years showing that you remotely care about compensating those who provide you with the content that your business depends on, you've clung onto your old ways with your greedy tentacles and engaged in copious, frivolous (and very expensive) lawsuits. So even if you symbolically win the Pirate Bay affair, you've still lost... big time. Sincerely, you suck.

Pirates, you were definitely once necessary. We needed to show those greedy bastards that we now have the power and are no longer willing to accept their crappy, restrictive products on their stingy, overpriced terms. I think this point has been sufficiently well demonstrated. We don't need you anymore.

Now you're just taking us in the wrong direction, and often for your own personal gains. I'm sick and tired of this cheap sensation, the feeling that I'm ripping off those that produce the soundtrack of my life and provide me with some sense of meaning and well-needed therapy. It's not moral. It's not fair. So screw downloading. It's slow, unorganized and it poisons the old hard-disk.

Spotify: The Solution on the Horizon

I've said before, and I'll say it as many times as I need to: streaming is the new sex. And, as always, tech-savvy Swedish entrepreneurs are the pioneers of such intimate pleasures. Spotify has completely revolutionized the way I experience and consume sound. I finally feel good about it. My sonic booty plays when I touch it, and it sounds nice. Amazingly, my booty is legitimate, so I guess it's not even booty at all. Unfortunately it's not available in Canada yet, so you Canucks will have to wait before you finally get some.

Spotify is a free piece of software that opens you to a new universe of legitimate organized music. They're getting licenses from all the big (and even small indie) players, and compensating content owners through a hybrid model of ad revenue and subscription fees. If you don't mind banners and the rare commercial interruption, the service is completely free. Otherwise, you can pay about $13/month to avoid the ads. You can make playlists, browse through the full discographies of just about any artist that tickles your fancy, read their official bios, and even listen to the latest indie releases, which furthermore link you through recommendation to similar artists you might be interested in. Pretty, pretty sweet...

Take my word for it, it's the shit, and it's currently taking Sweden and the UK by storm. I had faith. I knew it could work. Music online can be fair and sustainable, and that it will be. Pirates and labels, you have successfully lost all my trust and respect, but I will never lose my faith in rock'n'roll. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy your pirate downloads. If that doesn't quench your thirst for things pirate, you can even change your facebook language setting to pirate English. Meanwhile, I'll be streaming my senses into nirvana.

pirate mixtape image courtesy of flickr user m.a.r.c



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