Norma Jean Singer Vents About Illegal Downloading

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Apparently, Norma Jean‘s lead singer Cory Brandan is not having the best of holidays. He recently took to social networking to vent about his problems with people illegally downloading the band’s music. View the choice words by simply looking below and let UTG know if you side with Cory and what he had to say.

“Anyone that has ever downloaded a NJ record. You owe me money. I hope you had enough money today to buy your family groceries.”

“I mean “for free” of course. Ya know… illegally. Stolen. Theft. Don’t get your feeling hurt.”

“It’s ok if you steal from me. Anything else I can do for free for you? Spoiled brats! It’s about time someone got pissed about this!”

“I hope you guys know what it feels like to have thousands of dollars stolen from you only to be told you have a an attitude about it.”

“BTW! I appreciate and LOVE all of you that have supported us over the years. I hope you are all blessed!”

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  • GeTReaL

    QQ more Cory.

  • Silicon Valley Is Gonna Burn

    I am relieved to hear Cory standing up for himself and his band.  The fact is that “digital music theft” is destroying the art and science of recorded music, especially for real bands, and if the world wants great bands like Norma Jean to stick around and make quality records then they better start supporting it.  That does not mean that you can just steal their music and then go to their show and think that buying a t-shirt makes it all ok.  If you bastards keep up your dishonest ways I can tell you exactly what you have to look forward to, more disposable disney robo-pop bullshit…a brand new groundbreaking Lady GaGa and Justin Beiber duet album feat. Katy Perry and Pit Bull…and a huge void of professionally recorded and produced records made by real bands.  Fans support the bands they love, they don’t steal from them.

    Definition of STEAL:
    -to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice
    -to come or go secretly, unobtrusively, gradually, or unexpectedly
    -to take or appropriate without right or leave with intent to keep or make use of wrongfully
    -to take away by force or unjust means
    -to take surreptitiously or without permission
    -to accomplish in a concealed or unobserved manner
    -to seize, gain, or win by trickery, skill, or daring

  • Hollywood Is Gonna Burn
  • Silicon Valley Is Gonna Burn

    Adolescent Ideology

     

    One of the rationalizations for digital music theft that I’ve
    heard time and time again is that because digital “information” is very easy to
    copy, then music should in turn be free.  Some go as far to say that
    the music industry is guilty of employing false scarcity methods to drive up
    their prices.  However, there is a glaring problem with this
    argument.  Digital “information” (or data) is a seemingly infinite
    resource.  Since the advent of the Internet, computer data has become
    increasingly cheaper and easier to reproduce.  However, professional
    recordings of highly regarded artists performing great songs are not an
    infinite resource.  Computer data (or “information”) is
    like a coffee cup, it is merely a delivery mechanism for what is actually
    important…

     

    The widely propagated “Information Wants to Be Free” mantra
    that the Silly Con Valley syndicate has become so fond of is completely without
    a basis in reality.  By this rationale, “information” and “content”
    should be lumped together, when in fact they are completely separate
    entities.  Just like people go to Starbuck for the coffee (not the
    cups), users flock to BitTorrent and cyber-lockers for the end result of
    hearing music (not counting data)  “Information Wants to Be Free”
    does actually make sense when taken in the proper context.  With hard
    drives and other storage media becoming so inexpensive, data (although not
    truly free) has become so abundant it is perceived as a free commodity by most.  However,
    data is a homogenous utility.  Music, on the other hand, is
    completely unique in it’s nature and cannot be looked at in the same way as
    “information” (in the context of computer data).  This is the main
    quandary at the heart of the Internet piracy debate.  Ignoring this
    fact will only fuel the further commoditization and homogenizing of music.

     

     

    Copyleft Fairy Tales (Rationalizations for Theft)

     

    Fairy Tale #1. Recording artists have been swindled by record
    labels for so long that they don’t even make any money off record sales, so by
    downloading and accessing music for free I am helping artists get back at the
    greedy labels.

     

    Fairy Tale #2. Artists, Songwriters, Producers, and Engineers
    are all rich…they have enough money already so I shouldn’t have to pay for
    the music I access.

     

    Fairy Tale #3. Record labels have failed to embrace a new
    technology and are now being punished for their stupidity.

     

    Fairy Tale #4. Stolen music promotes live shows, and the
    artist will be able to make more money from tickets and merchandise sales than
    they ever would have before. 

     

    Fairy Tale #5. Stealing digital music by downloading and
    accessing it for free is not the same as stealing a CD because a download is
    digital, there is no physical loss.  Each illegal download does not
    equal a lost sale because “If I like it, I’ll buy it.”

     

    None of these adolescent ideologies stand up against even the
    smallest amount logical scrutiny.

     

    True Story #1. Recording artists do make money from the sale of their
    recordings (as they always have) and by downloading and accessing their music
    for free you are actually hurting them, not helping them.  Fans
    support the artist they love, they don’t steal from them.  The
    collective amount of money that you have NOT spent on music over the years is a
    direct correlation to the money lost by the artists and creators.

     

    True Story #2. Artists, Songwriters, Producers, and Engineers do not
    automatically become rich and famous once they set foot into a recording
    studio.  Like any other industry, the people who make the products
    you exploit rely on revenue from the sale of those goods for their income and
    livelihood.

     

    True Story #3. Silicon Valley and the collective Internet syndicate
    willingly offering up free access to all digital music without authorization
    from the copyright holders does not qualify as a “new business
    model”.  It’s very easy to be successful when you don’t follow any of
    the rules.  The truth is that record labels have continually
    presented the consumer with a growing number of options for legally purchasing
    music online ever since the iTunes Music Store opened in April of 2003.

     

    True Story #4. Excessive touring and merchandise sales may or may not be
    able to offset the toll that Digital Music Theft has taken on a band or
    artist.  However, the glaring flaw with this ideology is that it
    speaks nothing of the producers, mixers and engineers who lose out on
    substantial amounts of royalty payments due to the theft of the products they
    produce.     

     

    True Story #5. Downloading and accessing digital music for free does
    correlate into lost sales.  There is a very clear line between the
    delivery format (CD, mp3, vinyl record) and the actual meaningful end result of
    hearing the music.  It has never been about the delivery format, it
    has always been about the fixation of sound embodied within the delivery system
    (data).  Record labels are not in the business of selling millions of
    bits of meaningless data or “information”; they are in the business of selling
    millions of copies of meaningful music or
    “content”.       

    I hope this helps…