Internet Pirates All At Sea
Co-founder of Kerchoonz.com and renowned US artist Indiana Gregg, has had personal conflict with The Pirate Bay
Enforced regulation regarding internet piracy took a giant step forward last week, with news that the operators of notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay had been charged with digital theft by a Swedish court, fined $3.6m and sentenced to one year each in jail.
The news was welcomed by the creators of Glasgow-based Kerchoonz.com, the first integrated social networking and media site to legally enable streaming and download of music, videos and on-line games whilst paying the artists and creators of music.
Co-founder of Kerchoonz.com and renowned US artist Indiana Gregg, has had personal conflict with The Pirate Bay. She says, “As a performing artist myself, I take great offence with torrent sites making a profit on the backs of musicians, who in turn, aren?t paid a penny. A small number of torrent tracker sites, including The Pirate Bay, refuse to do remove material on request and are arrogant enough to believe they are above the law. Whilst I certainly would not wish anyone to be incarcerated, this recent sentence sends a clear message to existing and would-be file sharing hosts ? illegal downloading is a crime, you can be traced and sooner or later you will be prosecuted”.
Her argument isn?t that users should have to pay for downloads, quite the opposite in fact. She reasons that users should be able to listen to their favourite tracks for free, but that the artists should also be given some form of payment.
Kerchoonz.com does just that. Scheduled to launch in June, it allows users to access free downloads, whilst artists, whether internationally acclaimed or as yet unsigned, are paid each time their work is streamed or downloaded. Revenue gained by unobtrusive advertising on the site is used to fund these payments, ensuring that everyone benefits.
“Already over 32,000 have signed up”, says Indiana. “Although there are obviously other sites out there who offer free legal downloads, Kerchoonz.com is the first to absorb the offering into a social networking environment, ensuring full integration with Facebook and Twitter”.
It is inevitable that other, similar services will appear on the internet over a very short space of time, as increasing numbers of illegal file sharers are prosecuted or close down of their own accord, before “The Internet Police” knock on their virtual door. This can only spell good news for the thousands of artists who have, since the dawn of the internet, been royally ripped off.
Kerchoonz, founded by Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow in 2008, is a group of veteran record producers, artists, songwriters, music and technology industry professionals. Kerchoonz.com is a social networking platform that allows free exchange of music, art, ideas and entertainment. It enables fans to search and discover new music, play games, meet people, watch and upload video, keep up with news and post blogs.
Kerchoonz.com is an ad-funded model that allows artists and musicians to be paid for their audio and video streams, as well as their free downloads.doesn’t want to give their music away for free, they are free to sell it and provide links to their on-line shop. But, they can still opt to be paid for streams.
Claire Shiels (PR)