Bad news for Billy Big Steps, the Guardian is writing bad stories about him now

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Kim Dotcom has resigned his directorship of Mega and is concentrating on his extradition proceedings. Quite how the fat german will be able to help on simple matters such as extradition is beyond m but there you go.

Meanwhile…in the Guardian no less, he cops a flogging about the reality of his business ethics.

In the mid 1990s, Crispin Hunt was the singer in Britpop band Longpigs. After they broke up, he forged a career in songwriting, working with artists including Lana del Rey, Florence + the Machine and Cee-Lo Green.

He’s also currently the co-CEO of campaigning body the Featured Artists Coalition, which aims to provide a voice for musicians in the debates around piracy and new digital business models.

It’s fair to say he’s not a big fan of Kim Dotcom, the former boss ofMegaupload who was seen as a villain by music rightsholders even before his arrest over online piracy claims in January 2012.

Earlier today, Hunt spoke at the annual general meeting of British music industry body the BPI, providing an artist’s view on digital disruption, piracy and relations with labels. And he talked about the importance of songs:

“Songs that we are now being told are valueless, by self-proclaimed revolutionary freedom fighters, posing as Robin Hood. Self-interest masquerading as idealism, champions of liberty and free speech, complete with revolutionary beret in the case of chubby Che Guevara Kim Dotcom, hell bent on furthering his own corpulent interests, rather than some of our more corporate ones.” 

He doesn’t appear to be much of a fan, either of the man or his cause or his business model.

Hunt’s speech was about more than insults, as he called for the music industry to win a war for the hearts and minds of music fans as the best way to tackle piracy.

“One thing we can do, both as labels and artists, is strip Kim Dotcom of his argument for piracy. We can reveal him as the self-interested privateer that he is, and not allow him to hide behind the mantra of ‘Fuck The Man’,” he said.

Hunt also called for “an effort to rehumanise music, to connect with the real fans of music, to educate the casual corsair away from a life on the high seas and offer better music on land” in order to “successfully rebrand the music industry as the good guys who give us great music, rather than the bad guys who exploit young talent” – while acknowledging that the latter reputation isn’t entirely undeserved.

“I don’t mean just some re-spinning of the biz only to revert to form once the battle is won, somewhat like caring Conservatism. I think we need an actual sea-change, a reinvention of the internal culture of music,” said Hunt.

That is the point…Krim Dotcon speaks of “innovation” but in reality he is a thief, or at best a fence for stolen goods. It might be nice if our media stopped fellating Kim Dotcom and started calling him on his behaviour.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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