Quote of the Day: Amanda Palmer

25 May

by Mike Hansen

English: Amanda Palmer Live 2008

Amanda Palmer Live 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The brilliant and talented Amanda Palmer (also known in comics circles as “Neil Gaiman’s wife”) posted an awesome Q&A about her latest Kickstarter venture.

 i think music should be shared. all the time. by everybody. i think it’s pure insanity to make music filesharing illegal.
and with that said, i have, for years, encouraged my fans to burn, download and share all of my music with each other and with strangers.
and i will never stop doing that. all that sharing eventually comes back to me in all forms of income and goodwill.

I think this applies not just to music, but all forms of “commercial art” (comics, books, movies, etc.). Even though companies generally look the other way now when their fans use their work in a non-commercial way (since angering one’s own customer base is stupid, if not suicidal), the law still allows them to punish them, and that’s wrong.

Cheers to Ms. Palmer for doing her art HER way and for appreciating her fans!

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