So while listening to this rather successful songwriter go on and on about how people are stealing music and how its ruining the Music "Business" it occurs to me that a good portion of the software on his laptop computer is shared, "borrowed" or maybe just stolen; from the Microsoft Office programs such as word and excel to the Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator- to his latest version of Final Cut or iLife which he uses to update his .mac page- not to mention a bunch of his music apps and plugins- he will regularly inquire about a latest version of one program or another-
odd that he doesn't feel as strongly about "borrowing" software as he does music!
as i continued to think about all the musicians and writers i know in Nashville- if all the "borrowed" software were gone tomorrow- a good portion of the creative community of this town would shut down !! How many of the students coming through Belmont just load their computers up with software because they can't afford to go out and buy the plug-ins and DAW software they would like to use- A professor I know who teaches music there- has a home computer loaded with software he uses on a daily basis that he didn't pay for which includes the majority of plug-ins, VI's and DAW software- he has one of the most comprehensive libraries of software i have ever seen.
Big tip offs are of course the iLoks- they don't use em cause they have nothing to put on them!
There are songwriter/producers in this town who won't update their operating systems for fear of losing their cracks- a bunch of guys using Windows have Mercury bundles (like my $8/hr barrista at Starbucks)- ever wonder how many times $.07 goes into $13,000.00 (185,714 times)- thats a lot of downloads on itunes.
not passing judgment here- just noting the selectivity of the concept of stealing- we don't really care as long as its Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Waves, or MOTU- i mean all those companies can afford it right???