The scene I would like to analyze is at 50m 42s.
Here Rick Cairns, a music industry lobbyist, is shown lecturing a group of adolescents about intellectual property; the property of somebody’s mind. Rick threatens these kids with big words and large numbers in an attempt to discourage them from downloading music off of the internet.
Its to no surprise that when the camera pans onto the kids’ faces that they are scowling. Its widely known that nearly EVERYONE downloads songs without paying, I know I certainly do.
But I do agree with the fact that stealing an artists’ work provides solid ground for an argument. The video goes on to show several people who all have lost large sums of money in lawsuits for this very reason. During the compilation of faces telling their story, we hear that up to $150,000 can be charged PER song, while not a single penny reaches the hands of the artists being defended.
Here enlies the biggest problem, that the music industry is run by money
hungry record labels. I think we can all agree that successful artists aren’t hurting for their money. Most venues make an artist upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This leaves .99 cent songs on iTunes a pretty petty contribution to an artist, when they only receive about %9 of these earnings.
How in the world can a $10 compilation of songs turn into a $200,000 lawsuit?
This isn’t a just response. A fair penalty would be paying what the songs are worth.