The Pirate Bay wants to help artists (stop laughing). No, really, they do. So this begs the question, if The Pirate Bay really wants to help artists why don’t they just pay them? You know the saying, “with friends like these, who needs enemies,” right?
The three month old story of TBP offering promotion to indie bands made the rounds again this weekend as it launched. The headline reads 5,000+ indie bands sign up for Pirate Bay Promotion, but what’s not clear is how many will actually get that promotion?
This promotion was originally announced on Torrent Freak and TechDirt back in January without much fanfare. I guess there wasn’t much interest. So with just 5,000 bands signed up The Pirate Bay is desperately reseeding the story now and seeking headlines to attract more artists. But the whole thing is really laughable given that by the rules of the promotion, TPB are now the very thing they ridiculed, a gate keeper. Hypocrisy anyone?
“Of course, we can and will not release everything we recieve. We will pick something every now and then from the pool. If we like your submission, and the countries you chose are not already flooded by requests, you will recieve an email when it’s about to start.”
Of course right? Every now and then? Who are you guys, Rolling Stone? I’m curious to see the net effect of this other then exploiting artists yet again for TPB’s own self serving interests. So if they like your stuff and they think it’s worthy of promoting in some third world country, you might just have a chance of having TPB promote you. Uhm, thanks? Here’s an idea, instead of the Promo Bay, why not the Cash Bay? Hmmmm.
So what’s it worth even if they do pick you from the lottery? As of this writing the artist SOSO has gotten about 85,000 views on their YouTube Video with all the views appearing to come from Sweden (according to the publicly posted YouTube analytics and despite that we can see it in the USA). The band’s SoundCloud page is not faring as well with the most played song registering some 4,500 plays.
As much as we applaud any artist getting anything of value out of TPB, and we always respect the artists right to chose what is best for them, this PR stunt just reeks of desperation. I guess it’s not helping that more and more artists are becoming vocal about their rights, like Patrick Carney of the Black Keys and also this fantastic post by Zack Hemsey.
Let us not forget The Pirate Bay has made, and continues to make MILLIONS annually from artists via advertising while providing no compensation to the artists what-so-ever. Nothing, Zero, Zilch, Zippo, Nadda, not a penny.
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