By now everyone knows I contacted TorrentFreak. While I’m fairly well known, TorrentFreak is incredibly well known. I’m good at research. TorrentFreak is fantastic at research.
Let’s face it. I know that what I’d found was right. But, maybe I’d missed something. So why not go to an organization with a reputation for solid research and honest reporting, to ask them to check and make sure I hadn’t made any mistakes? Seemed like a good idea to me. Apparently it didn’t seem like a good idea to Cameron if their quotes of his responses are accurate 🙂
Then comes the fun part. In an article titled CRIA Watches Massive Music Piracy Crisis Devastate Unknown Band, TorrentFreak managed to confirm all of my conclusions about the number for Torrent Downloads. There either weren’t any, or there were so very view, that they would have made no difference to the band’s bottom line.
At which point you have to wonder. Did Cameron really not understand what was going on? If he didn’t understand, does he understand now?
Just in case he still doesn’t get it, I did some experimentation with one of the sites he might have used. I did a search for Cameron Tilbury Latin Love Songs:
You’ll note that Lime Torrents is reporting that Cameron Tilbury has an Album called Latin Love Songs out, and that it’s been downloaded thousands of times. Which is really curious because a Google search indicates that no such album exists.
But Latin music isn’t that rare. How about the tango? Now that’s rare. I did a search on Google for Cameron Tilbury Teaches the Tango. Then I hit the Torrent sites.
For a nonexistent album, Cameron sure got a lot of downloads at BTJunkie.
Not as many downloads at FullDls, but still respectable. Not bad Cameron. Maybe you should really make the album!
Hey, better numbers here! Cameron should sue those bastards for ripping him off! Just think of the money he could make. Oh, wait. He didn’t make the album, did he. I invented it. Then how could they be downloading something that doesn’t exist?
This is the killer. 19928 downloads of an album that doesn’t exist. Impressive, isn’t it? I didn’t know that Cameron was so talented that attract downloads to an album that he hasn’t recorded in a genre he doesn’t work in.
So where does this leave us?
Cameron is furious with me, because I exposed his incompetence. Contrary to what has been reported in certain quarters I’m not furious with Cameron. I am disappointed with him.
I pointed out some severe problems with a report, a report with claimed that their fan base was a bunch of thieves. When I proved that their fan base wasn’t a bunch of thieves, he at first refused to believe the truth. He then tried to claim that the evidence that I, and later Torrent Freak produced was faked. His final statement was an excellent choice of weasel words as I’ve ever seed:
In our original release we questioned the validity of the numbers: “says ONE SOUL THRUST”S lead vocalist Salem Jones. ‘While I question the exact precision of these numbers–pirates are dishonest by nature–it appears they reflect a strong enough version of reality to bring a serious issue to light.'”
Sure enough, it would appear that not only are the downloads on pirate sites illegal, but their numbers are pretty shady too.
One thing that has been made abundantly clear, is that if an artist sticks out their neck in defence of an honest day’s work, they will be the subject of a malicious attack. I personally am being attacked on Twitter, Facebook, email and even Skype. And why? Because a debut album by an independent Canadian band is listed on torrent sites around the world and we had the audacity to point that out.
Bottom line–ONE SOUL THRUST is a great Canadian band and not a single copy of any of its music should be downloaded without their permission.
Bottom line, the debut album of One Soul Thrust is not available on ‘Torrent Sites around the world.’ The fans of One Soul Thrust are owed an apology by the band, and the band’s management, for claiming that they are pirates when they aren’t.
In fact if I was the band I’d be frantically getting my lawyers to look for a way to break the contract with the manager. Cameron Tilbury has just become a massive liability, such a massive liability that he could end up destroying the band. The band is more important than the manager. The manager can be replaced. The band can’t be.
Monday April 4, 2011