Kanye West ’s latest album has been illegally downloaded more than half a million times, according to Torrent Freak.
Piracy is a vice that’s killing the art industry where musicians and other artsy people are forced to work extra hard to keep up with the unfavorable economy.
Kenya is also facing the same challenge. Recently, Kenyan artists came together and questioned MCCK’s effectiveness since most of them don’t get paid.
Kanye West released The Life of Pablo on Jay-Z’s music streaming service on Tidal a few days ago.
Many Tidal subscribers have complained that they have been unable to download the album, despite paying for it which seemed ironic because the album can be accessed on other platforms that are available on Google.
Kanye’s album is currently one of the most popular music downloads on The Pirate Bay.
The album appears in a number of file-sharing sites as top 10 music downloads. However, the artist provides that his music album can be exclusively downloaded from Tidal.
“My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” Kanye wrote.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has also filed nearly 20 takedown requests to Google for websites illegally hosting the material, Torrent Freak reports.
However, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman wrote last year that the approach is increasingly ineffective.
“While the system worked when isolated incidents of infringement occurred on largely static web pages – as was the case when the [US copyright] law was passed in 1998 – it is largely useless in the current world where illegal links that are taken down reappear instantaneously,” he said.
“The result is a never-ending game that is both costly and increasingly pointless.”
The level of piracy of The Life of Pablo is unusual, Ernesto from Torrent Freak told the BBC.
“Generally we don’t track music releases closely, so I’m not calling any records,” he said.
“However, I haven’t seen numbers this high before for a music release – not with Adele either.”