Little-Known Music Band Claimed Devastated Due PiracyAdded: Friday, April 8th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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A relatively unknown band became the cause of a heated debate over the massive music piracy. Although the band called One Soul Thrust has only less than 200 followers on Twitter, their manager claimed that the band is being destroyed by the pirating masses. The Canadian Recording Industry Association, supporting the group’s position, was said to be investigating a claim of 100,000 illegal downloads of the band’s debut album.
The heated debate was in progress on the “Balanced Copyright For Canada” Facebook page. The debut album of a Rock Band called One Soul Thrust had gone Platinum because of unauthorized BitTorrent downloads. The band’s manager, Cameron Tilbury, confirmed that the situation was very serious.
The CRIA admitted that, indeed, to achieve Platinum status, an album must achieve sales of 100,000 copies or downloads and that’s the key: polling of some torrent site’s unauthorized downloads has confirmed that the band’s CD has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
Actually, 100,000 downloads is a lot, particularly for a band like One Soul Thrust who has only 176 Twitter followers and one video on YouTube accounting for 79 views. But the group is not pleased that their fans are sampling their music using other methods, like BitTorrent. The members of the band remind people that they had paid to record the album out of their own pockets. Therefore, unauthorized downloads are hurting the music creators having mortgages and families to feed, as file-sharers have stolen from the band, their families, and everyone who had been involved in the production of the album.
But that was not the real problem with this story. In fact, the observers discovered that there were no torrents related to the band on any website, which led them to the only possible conclusion that this 100,000 download claim had been a publicity stunt. In respond, the band’s manager refused to speak to people making a research, but published a post on the band’s site where he sounded offended by the accusations. Finally, Cameron Tilbury did provide people with the “evidence” of the unauthorized downloading which appeared to be completely fake, being generated from user input to draw traffic to website advertisers. This was confirmed by the band’s vague message on Twitter saying that not all publicity is good publicity.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
April 8th,2011Posted by:
Friday, April 8th, 2011
|SO, two friends of mine from two different small & relatively unknown blues bands (they both have at least 4 C/D's per band) asked me to upload their complete collection of their original & cover music to share freely, hoping to increase their fan base. Different strokes for different folks......|
|so give them there platinum record with a pirate sign on top of it. lmao|
|Pathetic rock band! That's not a good way to make a name for themselves, starting to fake a situation that never happen! What a bunch of liars, who sucks at music! That's poeple like you that make file-sharers seen like trash but in fact you're the trash! 'One Soul Trash' would be a more accurate name for this band!|
|Here's the real story about these idiots:|
Obscure Canadian Band Mistakes Spam for 100K Illegal Downloads
According to their Twitter page, One Soul Thrust is a "groove-oriented purist rock band from Canada," with "a female singer who whispers and wails like an angel sighing sass in your ear." But One Soul Thrust aren't very well-known. They have fewer than 300 followers on Twitter, and their YouTube channel features a single video that's been viewed barely 300 times. Last week, though, their manager, Cameron Tilbury, discovered that the band's debut album had been illegally downloaded more than 100,000 times. One Soul Thrust, he concluded, had suddenly gone "piracy platinum" -- or so they thought.
Tilbury made his discovery after doing a Google search for the band's downloads on BitTorrent. That led him to a graphic on LimeTorrents, which showed that One Soul Thrust's album had been downloaded 100,000 times. According to the Canadian Recording Industry Association, a band must sell 100,000 copies or downloads of their album, in order to achieve platinum status. Of course, because they didn't actually sell any of the pirated albums, One Soul Thrust couldn't achieve platinum status, and wouldn't see a cent of revenue.
Upon hearing the news, the band members lashed out against illegal downloaders, under the pretense that they'd been cheated out of Canadian dollars. "We paid to create that album totally out of our own pockets. People think of illegal downloading not hurting anyone, but we're real people too -- with real mortgages, real family to feed and real bills to pay," lead-singer Salem Jones told TorrentFreak. "By downloading our album from pirate sites, people have stolen from us, our families, everyone involved in the production of our album, and their families."
Then the CRIA got involved with the story, and used One Soul Thrust as a prime example of the damage that rampant piracy can wreak. TorrentFreak, however, soon realized that the band's claims of 100K downloads smelled a little fishy. Aside from their relatively small online following, One Soul Thrust's torrents literally impossible to find on any site. TorrentFreak openly wondered whether the claims were some kind of publicity stunt, before discovering the real issue: spam.
Turns out, Tilbury's statistics came from a spammy graphic on LimeTorrents, which generates inflated download numbers for any search query. Type in 'One Soul Thrust,' or 'Lady Gaga,' and the graphic will be the same -- 100,000 illegal downloads for whichever file you're looking for. It's a trick designed to increase site traffic for advertisers. And Tilbury fell for it.
TorrentFreak reached out to the band for their reaction to the fake controversy, but has yet to receive comment. Angry as the band may have been about not getting any revenue from their 100,000 downloads, it'd be interesting to see how they feel about not having any revenue nor any torrent popularity, either. Thus far, One Soul Thrust's only response has been curious tweet, which read, "So...the music thieves are after us now."
Tags: album, bittorrent, canada, IllegalDownloads, limetorrents, music, one soul thrust, one+soul+thrust+torrent, OneSoulThrust, onesoulthrusttorrent, piracy, platinum, top, torrent, Web
* via: Boing Boing
* source: Torrent Freak
|wow thats cheating lol they must suck, glad i do my own production and have true fans|
|posted by (2011-04-09 08:57:17)|
|all bs nothing but a stunt well done i must say|
|hahaha! they found out the hard way, they suck and no one really wants their music!|
|Either get in the news the negative way or the positive way. As long as te product you're selling (in this case promoting) is sold/ promoted. Both ways work.|
|posted by (2011-04-10 01:12:18)|
|Honestly, I wish ExtraTorrent wouldn't even bother posting the articles from TorrentFreak. They're almost always inaccurate, they have poor spelling/grammar, and most of them are quite boring to read by what I'm sure is almost everyone.|
|posted by (2011-04-11 01:16:50)|
|I bet a gazillion $$ these guys have been downloading for years too||
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