Copyfighters: Yep, They’re Still Jerks, For The Most Part

Feb 20th, 2009 // 18 Comments

Nice to see that Joel Johnson at Boing Boing Gadgets is also objecting to the Free Art & Technology Foundation’s assholish “available online for free” stickers, which those people who are so invested in not paying for music are apparently supposed to use to cover up the price tags of items for sale in their local shops. Because giving underpaid retail employees extra work to do is I guess a noble way to fight for their cause? Gah. Gahhhh. [Boing Boing Gadgets]

  1. Anonymous

    That’s…so incredibly stupid. I’m sure they have some kind of retarded mission statement about how it’s for the good of society and “art should be free, maaaan, so stop charging us you, like, corporate pigs”, when the bottom line is they’re cheap dickheads and not only steal, but want you to steal, too.

  2. Marth

    Dear Guys Who Make These Stickers,

    I would rather pay 6 bucks for a used CD at my local record store than deal with trying to download it online. But I don’t want your sticker messing up the digipack. Stop ruining it for everyone.

    Guy who gives a shit.

  3. Anonymous

    A better use of their time and resources: “Available for free in the ground” stickers for the grocery store.

  4. John P Strohm

    Unbelievable! Thank you for calling them out, Maura.

  5. Anonymous

    Hold on. Are those LP’s in the photo? Now they’ve gone two too far!

  6. kicking222

    I said my two cents on their comments section. I’m happy to see that at least 80-85% of the comments there are wholly against the stickers.

    Some people are amazing douchebags.

  7. Anonymous

    @Marth: hey you’re part of the problem, none of the money from a used cd goes to the artist, buy it new!

  8. brasstax

    @MhS: Let’s not get carried away. The used cd business is good for small and independent stores.

  9. Anonymous

    @brasstax: True, true. But downloading online for free or buying a used cd doesn’t help the artist who produced the music.

  10. Anonymous

    @MhS: Buying used CDs does help the retail stores that cannot survive in the best of times on the ridiculously low profit margin they’re allotted on new CDs. Downloading them for free helps nobody.

  11. brasstax

    @MhS: At least the used cd you buy was sold new at least one time (unless it was a press/promo copy, which is one of the pitfalls of old-school label mentality).

  12. Halfwit

    From the F.A.T. comments:

    “some people are just too blinded by the dictation of consumerism to understand that copying Zeros and Ones is NOT stealing and it doesn’t destroy jobs!!! It’s the opposite, it enriches the media landscape and brings back the power to the people who actually deserve it. The artists. NOT the big ass Media Companys who made Billions with SHIT in the last 30 years. It’s SO good to see them go DOOOOOOOWN!!! And if you loose your job at the DVD store, go find a new one working for an actual artist doing cool shit!”

    This breaking news just in… Touch and Go is still dead.

  13. Weezy F Baby

    @Halfwit: “Artist seeking paid assistant to do cool shit” is a job listing I’ve been waiting for for 10 years.

  14. KinetiQ

    Ha! Joke’s on them; there are no more record stores.

  15. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @Halfwit: Jesus Christ, that is a maddening little communique.

    “And if you LOOSE your job at the DVD store…”


  16. Halfwit

    @Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee: There’s enough to anger me in the ideology expressed. If I stop to parse out the use of language, I think that my head will explode.

  17. so1omon

    Please please please don’t confuse the actions of assholes like this with the copyfight movement in general. The two have nothing to do with each other.

  18. jdroberts

    Having read your post I firmly agree with you in the fact that The Free Art and Technology Association engages in deplorable conduct in their using “Available Online For Free” stickers on copyrighted merchandise. Placing these stickers is in essence aiding and abetting others to commit theft. This type of theft stretches beyond the music business, expanding to all aspects of the entertainment industry as well as the software empire. Those associated with placing the “Available Online For Free” stickers do not realize that they may actually be destroying the art form they love, whether they place the sticker on a DVD, video game, or a compact disc. Internet downloading may always exist, but if more people are conscious of the effect of these kinds of actions, perhaps some change can be made to allow room for new genres and artists to make it in the ever so hungry, yet dying music industry. It is ethical if an artist or label permits one song to be downloaded for free. This is called promotion. However, without consent from the artist or label, whether it is one song or an entire album, it is pure theft. Because the economy is in a state of flux it is necessary for people to spend their money to serve as a stimulus to the marketplace, not only for just the entertainment/music industry, but also throughout all sectors of society. The music industry is currently in an age of marketing prepackaged and ready to sell bands and artists to the public due to the increased amount of copyrighted and released music being pirated on the Internet. This practice not only interferes with the opportunity for new bands to get signed and promoted by record companies, but also obstructs certainty that a record label will gain financial reward from their investment. Labels are reluctant to sign artists that do not fit the mold of popular musicians because there exists a greater chance their investment will never be profitable. The idea of artists getting “discovered” has virtually disappeared due to the fact current artists on the radio have existed since the pre-MySpace era or they have a ton of fans via MySpace, or finally if they win some reality television show like American Idol. The ultimate effect of the Free Art and Technology Association’s “Available Online for Free Stickers” contributes to artists, software engineers, and even record storeowners becoming unable to make a living.

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