I am bit of a web statistics junky; I really like to look at my web site statistics, how people found me, and how much traffic I get each day. I can’t help it. On August 2 of this year, however, something new appeared in my stats and it has been reappearing ever since. This statistic is not a very pleasing thing to see.
So what was it?
Someone had arrived at my web site while trying to find a place to steal my music and ever since, several other people have been doing the same. In fact, this search query has started to show up on more than one of my sites and I’m so very sad.
Here is a letter to the person who arrived at my website searching for Rapidshare (stolen, illegal) versions of my music. (This post was originally a Facebook status, but I decided to stretch it out a little since it has been a recurring search term.)
Dear whoever you are,
Stealing music is not cool. The music that I release is my livelihood, my creation, and I even go as far to say “part of me.” The fact that you feel you are entitled to it without any investment on your part is a bit rude after all the hard work, emotion, time, and creativity I poured into creating that song.
The fact that you were searching for just one song is even more insulting. I can imagine that a whole $9.99 for an album might be a little bit difficult to part with, but one song is just 99 cents. Is that really a big investment if you want to hear the music I worked so hard to create?
You may think my job is fun, that I make tons of money and that the 99 cents is no big deal, but there are too many people who think like that and in when you steal my music, I am not paid for my work. I may enjoy being a musician, but it is also my work. I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t work for free, so why do you assume that I should?
The truth is that I don’t make bucket loads of money from album sales and my job isn’t always as glamorous as you might think. Every single 99 cent purchase really does count. If you like my music, please support me, don’t steal from me.
Me and pretty much every other artist on the planet