Fleamail is something that used to occur every blue moon. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist will email the band’s official website every now and then with unedited ramblings. Fleamail was so rare that people on the official board would go ballistic for a few hours, commenting on every sentence, picking it apart. Now, Fleamail is a bit more frequent, but it’s still the same old ramblings fans have come to know and love. A couple of weeks ago, he was pissed with an interviewer. This week, he’s pissed with you.
By ‘you’ I mean two people. The first one is the person who put the Red Hot Chili Peppers long awaited Stadium Arcadium online, days before it is due to be released. The second person is you — the person who downloads the album.
“For people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some asshole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me,” Flea writes in his email to the site, following confirmation of the news.
Their record company, Warner Bros distributes promotional copies to the media for previewing. Each CD is shrink wrapped and it is a condition that after the wrap is removed, whatever the owner does with the CD is their responsibility. Also, each CD is individually watermarked so that leaks can easily be traced. This technique has also been used with upcoming movie and DVD releases.
As many of you know, not only is it illegal to download copyrighted music from the Internet, it is also illegal to release it before its official release date and to download it before its official release date.
Leaked albums are nothing new. A few weeks ago, news dropped that Tool’s 10,000 Days was leaked weeks before its official release. The band was known to be angered by this news and singer Maynard James Keenan told his Coachella crowd:
New album comes out tomorrow at midnight. I know you fuckers all downloaded it already. Do me a favor. I’m trying to buy this gold nugget shaped like a piece of popcorn, for a ring. So I need you to buy a bunch of records so I can afford that. Big ole gold nugget. Like four of ’em. Then when I hit you in the face for taking my photo, it’ll look like someone hit you with a bowl of popcorn. Help me out, will ya? I’m destitute.
If you want a leaked album, it’s not hard to find one. There are communities all over the Internet that are set up for the pure purpose of swapping leaked albums. Forget the usual torrent sites, some of these forums contain up to the minute leaks. Posters are either journalists who have received a promotional copy or people involved in the post production of the actual CD.
Album leaks will never end if record companies continue to send out promotional copies, have different release dates world wide, and don’t step up security in post production plants. Until then, the new Paul Simon album is already being downloaded as we speak. Poor Paul Simon.
If Warner Bros. catch the pirate who uploaded Stadium Arcadium, they will face up to 11 years in jail if found guilty by the U.S courts.
If you download Stadium Arcadium, Flea says “yes, it is stealing from us, and that is lame.”Powered by Sidelines