Piracy, IMSTA, iLok
Just discovered, IMSTA, an organization dedicated to telling people not to pirate music software.
It is a serious problem in our industry. For instance, only 6% of people actually pay for Serum? That's crazy! There are definitely music professionals who can afford to pay for the software they make their livelihood on, but don't. And that is a problem.
That being said, I have yet to see someone from the music industry talk about anti-piracy without sounding like a grumpy old person scolding someone. To be fair, IMSTA has one of the better narratives I've seen from the music industry, but I still feel talked down to (and I don't even pirate).
The ways the music industry tries to combat piracy makes me cringe, too. I suppose I have an axe to grind here. All these years later, and I am still bitter about the iLok. A shitty, third-party USB dongle that you needed to have plugged into your computer to run software like Pro Tools. It was a pain to deal with, and if it broke, you were fucked. It's design choices like these that make me think the music industry as a whole doesn't really have a solid grasp on digital technology.
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