Whereas: The RIAA notes that since the rise in popularity of peer-to-peer file sharing in 1999, the sale of records have dropped 47% annually in the United States, to the tune of over $7 billion per year, and;
Whereas: The NPD reports that only 37% of music consumed in the United States in 2009 was paid for, and;
Whereas: The Institute for Policy Innovation estimates that the total cost of internet piracy to the recording industry is over $12 billion per year, costing over 70,000 jobs, and;
Whereas: The American Society of Composers (ASCAP) is solely taking on the impossible burden of making sure that songwriters are paid proper royalties for songs played in the public sphere and have had difficulty developing a fair royalty payout structure for artists and songwriters whose fans consume via digital means, and;
Whereas: It is already incredibly difficult for independent artists to find stable income streams outside of the major media markets, and;
Whereas: The local record store, a cultural Mecca for true music fans, have been hit the hardest by the dip in national sales, only surviving through the development of niche media and the blind faith loyalty of their customer base, and;
Whereas: We, at Earbuddy, believe that intellectual property is a very real concept, by which art is owned by the mind that created it and should be distributed as that artist sees fit.
Whereas: We, at Earbuddy, believe that we, as fans, have a moral obligation to support the artists who make the music we love, and a personal incentive in making sure the artist has the financial freedom to create more in the future.
Therefore; Earbuddy.net, as part of its mission, promotes the legal purchase of music and will never be party to or communicate in support of illegal piracy of intellectual property. We will strive to provide readers with ample legal listening opportunities and fully informed reviews to prevent the need for piracy as a means to ‘preview’ music. Any information or media that we provide will be, to the best of our knowledge, with the consent of the artist who created it, or their representatives.