The other day, I got a call from a friend who asked me to recommend her few songs as she got bored of her current playlist. I gave her few options, and she quickly went online and opened the Songs.pk website to download the songs.
When I jokingly told her that she is downloading pirated music, she was shocked that she is doing music piracy.
Update: The Good news is, there are a lot of ways for Indian users to enjoy music without pirating it. There are a lot of music streaming services available in India. Some are paid, some a ad supported, but the convenience of not having to hunt down the songs on the internet to create your favourite playlist, is much better.
I gave her few options, and she quickly went online and opened the Songs.pk website to download the songs. When I jokingly told her that she is downloading pirated music, she was shocked that she is doing music piracy.
It’s not only my friend, but many people around me or you are doing the same thing. I even spotted a pirated music downloaded on the phone on a popular TV show on a very respective channel.
Times of India did a story on music piracy if singers care about music piracy or not.
Raghu Dixit Says:
“I have no issues with fans downloading and sharing our music, as long as they then go buy it if they like it. I have encouraged fans to download and listen to our music during our concerts and then spend on it.
I don’t think piracy will stop by curbing the source of the music download. Instead, we should aim to increase availability and make buying music a lucrative and easy option for fans. Then I don’t see any reason for fans not to buy.”
If we believe that article, singers are not worried about it much as they care more about their fans than money, and they can recover the money by doing live concerts.
Few singers have already started putting their music on the internet for free download because they have created a different revenue model. Free download on the internet doesn’t affect them.
It’s the record labels who are affected by it. People download music on the internet for free, but they never understand how that music can be available for Free if a lot of money has been spent on it, and selling music is the way Record labels make money.
You might have heard about the recent cyber-attacks on the govt. Websites. They were in protest many ISPs blocking websites to prevent piracy after a High Court order. Big companies can bring those websites down by blocking them, but they are still not coming up with a better model to make digital music available online.
Big companies can bring those websites down by blocking them, but they are still not coming up with a better model to make digital music available online.
If you type ‘Bollywood Songs’ in Google, you will find the results from a website that offers pirated music. Google is known for bringing the most relevant search results to users.
If the results are coming from pirated websites, there is no better option available for people to download the music.
Interestingly, Google search for the term Bollywood songs is different in 2021. Includes all the sources that are legal.
There might still be a percentage of people who would be downloading music through torrent sites, but the situation has improved for the Record Lables, as well as they have to explore new avenues of monetizing their content.
This article is updated on 14th August 2021