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Maybe you have downloaded a song from the Internet lately And perhaps that song that you downloaded was by an artist that you had never heard before Then you might have gotten their CD or gone to see them live Maybe that artist supported downloading music Say it was an artist that you had heard of by radio TV or another source if it is that situation the artist is already getting a lot of money The Internet is a great way to get your music out to people that in other situations would not be able to hear you Many artists need that Thats why music piracy should be legal Without exposure no one comes to see them live and no one buys CDs or other merchandise Speaking as an artist who had music available on the Internet I know from experience that many more people get to hear you than if you had no music available for download My band didnt get signed to a label until someone heard us on the Internet and enjoyed it I got a chance to talk with Matt Huffman founder and owner of Dishwater Records I asked him how many of the band that he has signed had he heard of through music piracy He told me that over half of the bands on his label were found somehow through music piracy Who gets hurt by free downloads Save a handful of super-successes like Celine Dion none of the real musicians that are real people you would see walking without body guards They only get helped Janis Ian is an artist who strongly supports music piracy She says that letting people download music for free actually makes money On the day I posed downloadable music my merchandise sales tripled Ian said in an article she wrote Despite what you may have been told many musicians support music piracy Billy Corgan Smashing Pumpkins Fred Durst Limp Bizkit and
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