Erik of Kings Of Convenience feels that file-sharing among friends is a different matter than torrent websites.
I have nothing against one person sending a track to another person saying, “Hey, check this track out; it’s great!” That’s like a fan-to-fan thing. But these big websites like Pirate Bay are just another corporation. It’s the future Clear Channel. They have nothing to do with good. They are just evil. It’s the worst. They take our music and put it out for free** before we have released it to our record label. There’s no fanfare, there’s nothing. . . if someone should give it away for free, it should be us. If we decide to put our album on our MySpace page the for free, that should be our decision. So we are the ones who are noble. We are the ones who are Robin Hood.
Bandmate Erlend agrees, and offers a solution – monitoring the internet:
I’ve been thinking that maybe the direction things could develop in is that every digital file has a watermark. That’s also possible. . . Monitoring the Internet is clearly possible. . . Every computer I’ve had in the last six years I’ve lost, it has broken or it has crashed. . . a CD is just the best way to have a backup. Like the CDs in my drawer, I don’t listen to them, but I know I have a backup.
**Note: Erik incorrectly states the workings of Pirate Bay and such torrent sites – in reality, fans of the band upload tracks and albums. The websites provide only an intended platform for this illegal uploading and downloading.
Thanks for the tip, Jonah!