Whatâ€™s the best way to put a full stop to music piracy? To be honest, I have no answer to that. I think that no matter what we do, there will always be people driven by one reason or another to download music (and other media) by illegal means. I guess it is human nature. And, yes, call me pessimistic but thatâ€™s the way I see it.
Still, we cannot stop trying, can we? And I think that this is what the brains behind Music Matters are thinking. Music Matters is a new web site that aims to make people more aware of music piracy, and to stop us from engaging in this activity. More from their web site:
We believe it is important to support the artists and all those involved in making incredible music by choosing to consume music in an ethical way, and thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve set up Music Matters.
The Music Matters trust mark will act as a guide for music fans and help differentiate legal music services from illegal ones. Click here for a list of all supporting sites and look for the Music Matters trust mark when choosing new music.
When you choose sites carrying the trustmark you can be sure the site is legal and the copyright holders are paid for their creative work.
Watch this video for more information.
First thought: it tries to make people guilty about piracy. Second thought: it just might work for some people! However, I am quite the realist, and I know that it will just NOT work for those who have suppressed their conscience over the years. Still, I think that it is worth a try!