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The Ugly Truth About Downloads


July 15, 2012 by Josh Forner

Recently, a rather lengthy discussion article that had gone viral was brought to my attention. This article was focused on the current youth’s outlook towards the music industry and went into very good detail the multi-faceted ways in which people are “robbed” by illegal downloading or cheaper streaming services, and how Internet companies are the only ones who stand to benefit.

The argument on how downloading music harms the industry as a whole is nothing new, but I found that the depth in which profit is generated for OTHER industries an interesting and thought-provoking discourse.

There are complete ‘movements’ devoted to ‘free culture’ in this day and age, the majority of which don’t realise exactly what they are asking a human’s thought processes to establish and maintain.

I’ll let you make your own mind up on this subject with the link at the bottom of this page (prepare for a lot of reading – perhaps make yourself a cup of tea), but leave you with the death-rattling summary that is put forward by the author, David Lowery:

“…Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly.  Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that  certify they don’t use  sweatshops.  Many in your generation pressured Apple to examine working conditions at Foxconn in China.  Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples.  On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation.   Except for one thing.  Artist rights.” 

Read the article and make up your own mind here.

I’ll come back with some analysis in a week or so’s time.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.


Author Details

Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.


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