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Submission + - Absolutely brilliant way to combat piracy (

Taco Cowboy writes: MPAA / RIAA have been complaining that piracy has cost them hundreds of millions, even billions, in revenue. They have been pressuring governments worldwide into signing on to their draconian laws (SOPA is just one of them)

After all is said and done, just how much effect have all that on piracy?

On the other hand, a most brilliant approach to combat piracy has been proposed, — by engaging the audience / users, instead of alienating them.

Beck (Beck Hansen), a singer-song-writer of anti-folk, alternative, underground music, has just released an album, a very special type of album.

From the promo:

"“In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.”"

Yes, you read it right, it's sheet music. No mp3, no disc, nothing but sheet music for 20 not-published-before music written by Beck

Instead of the old and tired, one-way-street approach — from musician to audience — Beck's approach opens up a new dimension -

Instead of Beck playing the music and his audience soak it up, Beck is inviting his listeners to interpret, to enjoy, to play, to record, and to upload the music video onto social media sites.

How much piracy will cut into the revenue for Beck's new album?

Almost non-existence

Beck's promo on his new album is available at

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.