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Bands enlist 'web enforcers' to fight file sharing

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Apr 2007 18:09 User comments (17)

Bands enlist 'web enforcers' to fight file sharing Bands that have risen to fame heavily due to Internet promotion and free sharing of their music are turning to services like Web Sheriff to fight illegal sharing of their music. File-sharing has changed security measures around unreleased recordings dramatically. For example, for music writers to hear an advance recording to the Artic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare album must go to their London HQ to hear it.
Bloc Party, a London quartet indie band tipped to emulate Radiohead's global success, has a huge scare when a copy of their second album, A Weekend in the City, leaked three months before its scheduled release. The band's record company, V2, hired Web Sheriff to fight the spread of the illegal copy around the Internet.

"They were looking at up to one million illegal MP3 song files spreading of an album which was supposed to break the band internationally." John Giacobbi, Web Sheriff managing director, said. The company tracked down uploaders of the music through their ISPs and sent them threatening letters demanding that the sharing cease.

According to V2, as a result of the actions, illegal downloads of the album were dramatically reduced. When it was released, the album went gold and entered the US Top 20. "Working together with Web Sheriff we managed to contain the distribution of the album whilst continuing to raise exposure for the forthcoming release and maintaining excitement amongst the fans." Beth Appleton, V2 head of new media, said.

Source:
Times Online

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17 user comments

14.4.2007 19:27

oooooooh wow; a letter...pff...that shits weak---If there's someone that truly wanted to share that album they WOUDN'T pay attention to that letter; they'd just ignore it and keep UPL'd...


What are they gonna send us next time; flowers & a box of chocolates??

24.4.2007 20:26

So the 'Web Enforcers' are no more than naggy spammers. keep draining those bank accounts looking for the p2p killer RIAA, how much of the 90's cash is left?

34.4.2007 21:40

Worst idea since the solar powered flashlight...

44.4.2007 22:27
cousinkix
Inactive

Radio AOL is free on line including those XM Satellite radio stations. We can record their digital streams with third party software the old fashioned way. Rember those cassette recorders that were hooked up to your home stereos? Welcome to the 21st century!

I edit these wave files with my Nero 6 software. It doesn't take long to get a CD full of tracks for your players.

There are ARTIST suppported torrent sites like ETREE Community Tracker. This is where you might even download live concerts recorded in your local venues, by new bands without big RIAA contracts.

No BS from your ISP, the record companies or crybaby artists with little talent. Anybody who still uses P2P services like KaZAa and LimeWire is just asking to be busted...

54.4.2007 22:34

BAWAMWAWAWAWAWAAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAWAAAA HA HA HA AH AH AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA


oh god...thats to much.......so free music got you some moeny now you want to lock up all the shearers...you cant have it both ways....

65.4.2007 5:52

ppl forget that a number of ppl have been sued by BPI for sharing music, many have settled for sum of a few thousand pounds, so i assume thats what comes next after ignoring a letter warning.....

75.4.2007 8:06

So who at the record company or band gave it away in the first place? You dont just get hold of an album 3 months before the release date....

85.4.2007 8:15

Originally posted by Halen5150:
oooooooh wow; a letter...pff...that shits weak---If there's someone that truly wanted to share that album they WOUDN'T pay attention to that letter; they'd just ignore it and keep UPL'd...


What are they gonna send us next time; flowers & a box of chocolates??
Funniest thing I read in days. Plus why the hell should these wankers care You make money on your tours they should be encourage people to this bc it gets your music out there faster. Even though it literal has been 10 years since I brought a CD I sure as hell didnt buy from an artist I had never heard or even seen before.
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95.4.2007 8:47

Pretty hypercritical they use free downloading to get famous and then complain when they feel their loosing money because of it. They probably wouldn't have made if it wasn't for the initial free downloading. You got to love it.

I wouldn't ignore the letter myself you'd just be asking for trouble and trouble costs big time. These days you can be sued for big money just thinking about copying something.

105.4.2007 11:39

Everything is normal......

This gives an inside view of the mindset of the rich and famous and the wanna-bes. Every singer, actor, politician the has ever been created start out needing the 'PEOPLE'S' support and do anything and everything they can to gain that support.

With few exceptions, there are several phases to the careers and personalities of these people.....In the beginning of their careers,

They are at first, very thankful and humble...
Next comes self confidence.
Then comes smugness...
Which grows into an aloofness..
Which spawns elitism....

And then, when they finally make it to some high, lofty, perch and they turn on the people, look down their collective noses towards the hodge-podge rabble below them, forgetting the very people that put them where they are....

Call it the Marie Antoinette syndrome. Let them eat cake...

Someday, these artists and the others will become too complacent, too elitist, too lazy, and they will not perform as they had in the past, their sales or power base will drop, their massive income or influence will fall. Whose fault will this be ? Those undeserving fans and supporters, the peons who don't have the brains to vote for them or purchase the lackluster spawn of their efforts. How dare the common people not support our life style, can't they see how great we are ??

Then, all of a sudden, they realize that they need the people again and if these fallen elitists have the guts, they will go through the whole ordeal again, usually with the same results..

115.4.2007 15:56

Originally posted by dufas:
Everything is normal......

This gives an inside view of the mindset of the rich and famous and the wanna-bes. Every singer, actor, politician the has ever been created start out needing the 'PEOPLE'S' support and do anything and everything they can to gain that support.

With few exceptions, there are several phases to the careers and personalities of these people.....In the beginning of their careers,

They are at first, very thankful and humble...
Next comes self confidence.
Then comes smugness...
Which grows into an aloofness..
Which spawns elitism....

And then, when they finally make it to some high, lofty, perch and they turn on the people, look down their collective noses towards the hodge-podge rabble below them, forgetting the very people that put them where they are....

Call it the Marie Antoinette syndrome. Let them eat cake...

Someday, these artists and the others will become too complacent, too elitist, too lazy, and they will not perform as they had in the past, their sales or power base will drop, their massive income or influence will fall. Whose fault will this be ? Those undeserving fans and supporters, the peons who don't have the brains to vote for them or purchase the lackluster spawn of their efforts. How dare the common people not support our life style, can't they see how great we are ??

Then, all of a sudden, they realize that they need the people again and if these fallen elitists have the guts, they will go through the whole ordeal again, usually with the same results..
*gets out a spear gun and hands you one*
we need to deflate some egos :X

125.4.2007 21:45
duckNrun
Inactive

Hey Zip... where's mine?

I wanna go spear huntin too....

Shoot them in the a$$ while they're bending over trying to pick up the last bit of their decency and integrity that they sold to the Record Company for way less than it was worth!

135.4.2007 22:01

The posts here kind of remind me of a funny email i got once....

You have a tree. You have monkeys. You have a heirarchy.

The monkeys on top look down and see only smiling faces, which they don't trust.

The monkeys on the bottom look up and only see a bunch of a$$es and wonder who's going to shat on them next.

146.4.2007 2:14
Shelley23
Inactive

Friday 6th April 2007 (Good)

Oh yes the old our corporate men-in-suits record executives accidently-on-purpose leaked our not-really-all-that-good albumn in a p.r. marketing stunt to try and add a little false-over-inflated- enthusiasm to market sales-trick...Hm?
Stop whining poor little rich-kid little tin god rockstars!You were 14 years old once surviving on your pittance from your newspaper round going round your mates -house to naughtily home-tape that Led Zeppelin album you had been desperately waiting for years to hear!?Hm?or maybe you didn't?Maybe you just went to "Woolworths" and bought the latest rubbish single from whatever rubbish ,tacky,talentless overrated commercial popstar was in the god-awful music charts of the late 1970's-80's-90's-00's!?
You could always be half as smart and make an album worthy to be called a work of art!?(little dig at dipsh*t-he knows who he is)and write,record and home-produce it on a BOSS BR 8 Track -(CD professional quality) and you could even really surprise us-all by drawing and painting your own CD album cover(not hire some talentless rockstar commercial-photographer to do a tacky commercial studio shot of you then charge you as fortune for it as "packaging").It seems to me;you are just all whining because you know very well that you are not Led Zeppelin and never will be;neither are you PRINCE who having tired of his $100,000,000 "SLAVE" record contracts in the 1980's-90's decided to produce his own records on which he wrote all the songs himself and played all the instruments and produced it;but then you are not PRINCE are you!?Hm?
If you did surprise us-all and indeed make a priceless work of art-people would give you credit for it-credit where it is due and pay good money out their own pocket to purchase it-out of respect for your sheer hard graft and talent and effort.
So don't whine poor little rich-kid little tin god rockstar-because you are not half as smart-as you think you are.

156.4.2007 7:47

ummmmmmm trying to think on how to put this to words. Where I grew up you would see people giving away their cds or tapes. Just trying to get their name out there. I know this is an international site, but during the fame of N.W.A., Naughty By Nature, and some other hardcore rap artists, you could see multiple hopefull artists just giving away their tapes on street corners. Now I know that a lot of you have no clue who those 2 artists are, but where, and when I grew up they were very popular, and to this day NWA is considered one of the best old school rap groups. I still have a couple of their FREE tapes that were given to me by NWA themselves. It was free advertising. I've heard that their are a couple groups now that seed their own music just to get out there. Alot of these bands are pretty good but, they get looked down on by record labels and other bands because they use the internet to get started. Welcome to the future boys. Embrace it, or it will leave you in its tracks.
And also who leaked this album their referring to in the article??? They would be the true culprit in this whole fiasco. I'm sure everybody involved in the album had to sign some sort of confidelity agreement. Wouldn't that person be easier to prosecute than the uploaders? It's all about the money. Go after the 1 leak = $5,000 or go after 1 million uploaders at $5,000 a piece is $????????(mad man not math man)
And who says this isn't just a big hoax? "Hay lets leak this album, hhigher some company to make it look like a ligit leak. It'll be way cheaper and faster than getting an international advertising company.
I don't know.
But one things for sure the RIAA and MPAA can kiss my "blankity blank blank"
You won't find torrets of any kind on my comp, wether it be music or movie. You won't find legit cds or dvds in my home. RIAA and MPAA are nothing but money hungry hors. They charge the artists like a union would, but the only difference is they are sueing the consumers of these same artists. Isn't that considered a PR nightmare??
Ok I'll stop now but I could go on alot longer. Maybe I should start a blog. NAAAAAAAAAAAA
LD

166.4.2007 13:10
Shelley23
Inactive

6/04/2007 (U.K. date format)

Sailor Boy out on the high-seas,rolling-along in the pitch-black of night,
Only the luminous glow of the scintillating stars and silvery-moon to guide you;
Look-out on the blurry horizon -can you see Land in sight!?
Sailor Boy circumnavigating the globe,
For a paltry wage as the wild seas rage.
Sailor Boy won't you sail home into Port?
Stay-up all-night-long-you might not; but you ought.
Chart your course-heading full-speed ahead 4 me!
Sailor Boy i already brewed-up Tea 4 Two-Just me and You.
Hmm Hmm Hmm Le Marin est La Mer est Le clair de Lune.
Hmm Hmm Hmm.


Song 4 Sailor Boy.
By Shelley23(MJC)(U.K.)

P.S.Sailor Boy don't tell Elliott(some spoilt-brat whiny-musician)(who deserves it!) he may just have an aneuryism! (spelled wrong)

176.4.2007 14:27

3 months before it's release date? Either someone on the inside leaked it, or it was Viral Advertising.

So let's say it was Viral Advertising: you get your name and sound out there for free, and use fear tactics on the uploaders who were, in a sense, helping you out in the place place, with extortion.

If they went the normal advertising route: commercials, sample tracks on a website, videos on youtube, opening at concerts, they wouldn't make as much money, so it all comes down to the disgusting desire of money.

And if we were to do something about it, they'd sick the Police on us. Kind of makes you wonder whose interests the Police Officers are protecting, eh?

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