James Otto

Country singer James Otto, writer and performer of Just Got Started Lovin’ You, which reached top spot on the Billboard country single charts, spoke out against piracy on his Twitter account.

“I’ve known music piracy was rampant, but check it out. This week I sold 7,500 singles (which is pretty good), but 80,000 people stole it. No wonder so many of my friends in the business are losing their jobs. Kinda scary. Half the writers in Nashville can’t get a job anymore because of this. People pay five bucks for a cup of coffee, but not 99 cents for a song? . . . I worry sometimes that a sense of entitlement is creeping into our society. Entitlement is the killer of creation. Why work if everything [is] free? This country was built on hard work by people expecting to be paid! . . . I wanna say thank all y’all who love and support music. It’s the first thing they cut from school budgets, and now nobody wants to pay for it.”

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