Who To Blame by Mawuli Boevi (Student at University of Limerick).
This is a social conscious audiovisual artwork by Mawuli, tackling the controversial issue of illegal music piracy and illegal downloads and the effects the could have on an artist's career. This short film depicts the story of a young artist breaking into the highly competitive music industry, emphasizing on how long and slow the process of making songs and getting a break is and how fast and easy it is for web users nowadays to just get the finished product illegally for free. Briefly its the story of a young artist who did everything himself, writing songs, composing, recording and making a demo cd, and then he luckily got a record executive to listen to his music. Impressed by the product, the executive offered this artist, a record deal. He successfully played gigs and promotions, but when the album was finally released, the sales were dramatically disappointing, as a result the record label had to let go of the artist. The whole group of the responsible for this are represented by one illegal downloader who eventually went online to check for new music for this now a favorite of his, artist and found out he no longer had a career in music.
Bottom line: You may think the one song you're downloading illegally won't have a huge impact but then think again, what if millions of people are thinking the same thing as you ?
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