PirateBeirut. Free sharing to create culture
Cristiana Scoppa - 17/12/2014
The intention is very clear. “We believe in the need to preserve the cultural heritage of Lebanon.” How? By making it known to the world through a web platform that grows constantly by making available - online and free, to the spite of the record companies and producers – the music of dozens of singers and groups, especially those lesser known and struggling to find a market.
Artists and groups that “earn” not royalties but a loyal, grateful and enthusiastic public, spread over more than 150 countries. A public that’s ready to flock to their concerts and buy their new album when it comes out, as confirmed by the numerous declarations of fans.
Such is the experience of the collective that gave birth to the “PirateBeirut” site, told in a video-manifesto available at the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj33RikV-5Q. Tracks by about one hundred artists have been made available so far, including Trash.Inc, who was chosen by Gab Ferneiné for the soundtrack of his video “Safineh”. And some of them do not hesitate to give their thanks to PirateBeirut, when they discover that they have an audience even beyond their national borders, or when they receive enthusiastic emails from fans who discovered them on PirateBeirut.
PirateBeirut responds to the criticism - mainly that the free sharing harms artists – with the statements of the same artists who are beginning to grasp the potential - and the indispensable function - of the web as a vehicle of diffusion in a world increasingly connected, where the possibility “to be found” on the net can make a difference to build an audience.
Completely independent and self-financed, PirateBeirut does not accept advertising. It is a militant site for free file sharing. Because, apart from being a bridge that unites distant shores, culture is a right.