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Évelyne Lachance
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Programmer, Technical Writer, Science and Technology Geek
Programmer, Technical Writer, Science and Technology Geek

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I'm trying to sell my car, I would appreciate the shares and +1s :)
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Found all of this in (and hooked on) my mailbox yesterday. I guess the physical spam filter failed...
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An uninteresting offer indeed...
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100 years of evolution. What will another 100 years give us?
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Following a thorough read of https://www.insightcommunity.com/step2/311/why-i-pirate-an-open-letter-to-content-creators , an idea popped into my head and I want to share it with the world. One of the main issues that I have with actually buying media such as music CDs or movie DVDs, is that the biggest part of the money doesn't go to the artists. And it's not hard to verify, there are plenty of artists out there that have received pennies for their work. I'm not sure exactly where, but I recently saw someone from the music industry say they had received around $650 in royalty for a song that appeared in no less than 12 major productions, advertisements, etc. It's absolutely ridiculous.

All the while, the recording studios, MPAA and RIAA are making record profits, millions and billions of dollars of it. So who's paying them? Us, the customers. Who's getting screwed out of their money? The artists. The ones who actually produce the work, the ones who are sometimes out on the street and bankrupt while the rest of the industry reaps the benefits.

So here's my idea: Pirate their stuff, but send them money directly. For example, say there's this new album by an artist I really like, on "sale" for $20 at my local disk shop (or $18 online, whoop-tee-doo, big saving there!). Well, how about I download it from my favorite file sharing site, and then donate $10 to the artist? Hell, that's probably well over 500% of the profit they'd actually make (and I'm very conservative), and it would push them to produce new stuff. And if they stop getting donations for new stuff, they know they're starting to suck.

If our favorite artists did this on purpose, how much better could this world become? If the people that produce are the people that profit, wouldn't the consumer be happy to pay? I know I would.

Pushing it further, if artists decided to do this, I'm sure even places like The Pirate Bay would be happy to add a Donate button on their stuff, that would go directly to the artist. Uploaders that "have a heart" could easily add the appropriate information and the world would be better for it.

Obviously there are legal implications in all of this. I'm not saying it's the perfect solution, but it is an idea!
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