05 July 2011: Pirated CDs are dropped into a shredding machine as part of Manila City government's anti-piracy campaign, held at the Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall. (Mike Alquinto/NPPA Images)(UPDATE) When drummer Gep Macadaeg of Y! Rocks breakthrough act Stereodeal declared in a Yahoo! Philippines OMG! story I wrote that "we haven’t understood piracy completely” and that “we’re in a phase where we only see [piracy’s] negative consequences,” he triggered a firestorm of comments.
Some couldn't comprehend the idea of a musician supporting an activity that robs them of potential revenues.
Others, like reader "SeVen" concede, "Sure, piracy might help an unknown band be heard by more people. Some famous bands have also said that they do not mind if people bring small personal recorders to their concerts."
But "SeVen" was concerned about having professionally recorded albums copied or perhaps downloaded. "It is common sense that the people who spend their money to make a product (studios, artists, packaging, promotions) should be the ones to reap the rewards for their efforts. Stealing is stealing..it does not matter what it is that is stolen..it is wrong."
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