Piracy Is Bad

As bestselling, award-winning authors, both Desirée Lee and I are forced to fight a constant battle against on-line piracy. It’s a subject I’ve talked (and ranted!) about here on this blog/website before more than once. Sadly, it never ends. It’s something that all artists of any type must contend with these days.

Desirée and I are also both fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Sadly, we’ve fallen behind on picking up his albums. We just bought “Straight Outta Lynwood” recently. We still need to pick up “Alpocalypse”, and “Mandatory Fun”. Anyway, until listening “Straight Outta Lynwood” in its entirety, neither of us had ever heard Mr. Yankovic’s song “Don’t Download This Song” before. It’s his plea for people to stop music piracy.

The same plea goes out (again!) from myself and Desirée. Please don’t steal our work. If you like it, buy it. Please. That goes for any artist – writer, musician, or visual artist. Please, please, please stop the piracy! There’s a part of “Don’t Download This Song” that goes, “So don’t download this song. The record store’s where you belong. Go, and buy the CD, like you know that you should. Oh, don’t download this song.” As Desirée and I are authors, we’re saying, “So don’t download this book. The bookstore’s where you belong. Go, and buy the paperback, like you know that should. Oh, don’t download this book.”

Scott Harper


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