In defense of David Lowery
Photo credit: Jason Thrasher
In light of the events of the last few days (I’m sure regular readers know exactly what I mean,) I now have an opportunity to focus on something that my post about Emily White wasn’t concerned with: The illegal downloading of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker music files. For the record I have never supported or condoned this activity, either in public, at conferences, in my posts here or in any of my writings. My focus has always been on how technology actually helps musicians and why I think they should embrace it and never fear it. I also focus on user behavior and user actions when people interact with websites and mobile devices. Everyone by now must have acknowledged that I am not concerned with what is happening to my own music online. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that I don’t care about it.
David Lowery has every reason to be outraged about the way he and all musicians can lose income to illegal filesharing. It is his absolute right to do something about it and I support his endeavors. We may never see eye to eye on all the issues but I feel certain that one day we could have a more muted conversation about those issues. I look forward to that day.
Here’s an image of a bit torrent screencap showing the damage done. Click on it to enlarge:
Bit torrent screenshot image via Robert Steele of Digital Rights.