Re: Another anti-Lowery response from Gang of Four's Dave Allen
Jun 25, 2012, 16:18
Why Dave Allen is attacking David Lowery for making a very obvious and correct point is beyond me? Seems like people are missing the very essence of his writing, that is:
If you can justify paying thousands of dollars to large corporations for electronics and internet access, then why can't you justify paying such a relatively small amount of money for the actual music?
Allens seems to just be saying he's bashing Lowery because Lowery is bashing Emily, but I don't read Lowery's article as bashing her or making her out to be a villain. He constantly says the contrary, he is not attacking her, but wants her to understand the real implications of her actions or non-actions.
All I can read of Allen's article and his comments below is that artists should figure out how to make money another way, and that Emily never downloaded music illegally. Well, not every band in the world is going to be like Radiohead, and though they "gave" away their albums for free, they had a fuckton of promotional money and advertising behind them to make sure they were making actual money from their music. Not to mention that Radiohead are not just the guys in the band, they have a team working behind the scenes, making sure they are all making money.
As for Emily, if she doesn't think that copying her friends' playlists onto her computer is illegally downloading, then I don't know what to say.
I have never used Spotify (not available in Canada) so I don't know what it contains, but if it's like a Netflix for music, yes it would seem a very convenient way to get music for cheap. Great for consumers, but crap for artists.
Do artists deserve to be handed a living, well no, but they don't deserve to have their music taken from them and expected to just deal with it.