Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer gave a thorough analysis of the impact piracy has on the music scene, branding it one of the key factors in quality deterioration of art in general.
Telling American Blues Scene that the lack of revenue is taking a major toll on music, Tom explained how the financial power of record labels back in the '80s guaranteed that the bands were given "the best studios, with the best producers and the best engineers."
"I think that because record companies don't have as much money to put into artist development and working with new artists that they're really more and more these days looking to them coming in already developed with a finished product. So you're kind of on your own these days, you know?" the musician elaborated.
Dubbing "entitlement" as the word of the day, Keifer noted that piracy clearly isn't committed with an intention to harm anyone, but is definitely done with a lack of deeper thought.
"It's just kind of like become the accepted norm almost," the frontman said. "I guess through continuing to educate people and really make them realize that ultimately it affects the art and the quality of music that they're receiving."
Shifting to the big picture, Tom pointed out that piracy is costing the society millions of jobs, and nobody seems to care about it. "The general mentality not only impacts the art itself and new artists and arts development, but just in general the idea of piracy, there's more to it," he said.
"It impacts four major industries; everyone's so concerned about the economy, and I don't hear a lot of people in Washington talking about this, but there's four major industries impacted by piracy. Music, software, literature and movies. That's a huge segment of our economy. It is. And everyone's just kind of like, 'F--k it.'"
Blaming the government for ignorance about the ways of the web, Keifer added, "I mean, it's like, we already have laws in the books, they’re called copyright laws, it's just no one’s enforcing them on the internet because they just think the internet is this other crazy place where laws don't apply or something.
"I don't know what they're thinking in Washington, but we have laws to stop all this, and my understanding is there's even technology, it just needs to be legislated as to who is responsible for installing it. Whether it's the servers or whatever. I've read a lot about it and it's just kind of crazy the way this bleeds into our economy, down to trucking and retailing and across the board in those four industries, it's a huge impact.
"Look at all the retail stores that have closed, between movies and music, it's just crazy. It's huge, I mean, it's millions of jobs there’s no doubt about that."
In conclusion, the musician once again stressed that he doesn't see piracy as a "malicious" act, but rather as an "accepted convenience," saying that people might take notion only when all of fresh art starts to "suck."
"I think until people realize how much it impacts our economy and how it affects jobs and how it affects the art and the artists who are trying to create this, and ultimately the quality of music and art. I think when maybe society needs to feel that impact before they make a change, you know? When artists can't afford to be artists anymore, and art suffers, and all the music and art that we're getting and literature and movies just outright suck, then maybe people will say, 'Wow, did we do this?'" he concluded.