Piracy-Billboard on Times Square

Nette Aktion der Band Ghost Beach aus Brooklyn. Irgendeine Mode-Butze hatte einen Song der Band lizensiert und ihnen Werbefläche auf einem Billboard am Times Square angeboten und die haben sie dazu genutzt, eine Diskussion um P2P und Copyright anzuzetteln, in die sie selber wertneutral rein gingen und Botschaften wie „Piracy is progress, Piracy is freedom, Piracy is harmless, Piracy is inevitable, Piracy is robbery, Piracy is evil, Piracy is selfish“ einblendeten, auf der Website dazu kann man sich pro oder contra Piracy aussprechen und das Album der Band runterladen – und ggf. dafür bezahlen. Nette Aktion, zieht wahrscheinlich vor allem als Werbung für die Band selbst und ihr neues Album.

The band’s manager, Will Suter, has a background in advertising, and approached some agencies. “I said, ‘Our budget is zero, but we have this wonderful canvas,’ ” he recalled. TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, took the account as a pro bono project and devised a stark, text-heavy design in black, red and white.

So far the #artistsforpiracy hashtag has been used far more than #artistsagainstpiracy: 2,802 versus 93 on Tuesday afternoon. But comments by artists (and others) show it is not so easy for them simply to pick a team. One blog writer, identified as a guitar student in Milwaukee, struggled with the idea and concluded, “So, if anyone wants to support me as a musician, come to my shows, listen to what I have to say, or let me crash on your couch.”

NYTimes: Debate Over Music Piracy Writ Large, on Billboard
Torrentfreak: “Piracy Is Progress” Billboard on Times Square Divides Artists