Two nights ago, I tried to log on to Megaupload a couple of times and failed. Thinking nothing more of it I went to bed. Yesterday morning, I woke up to the news that the site had been taken down.
It's not the end of the world and alternatives will be found, but surely there must have been a better way of doing this! The owners of the site claim that they rigorously dealt with complaints of possible piracy of copyright material, so where was the investigation into Megaupload's processes of policing site content. To take the site down just like that leaves a bad taste in my mouth (not to mention a hole in my wallet!).
I am heatened to see that the opposition to the proposed anti-piracy legislation seems to be strong across the US political spectrum and I hope that they effectively succeed in binning these bills.
Support the artists, buy the albums, go to the gigs, buy the Tshirt... share the bootlegs between like minded people. I am quite capable of policing my own site thank you very much.
Like thosands of other people who enjoy sharing music on blogs and forums, I am now looking for a suitable alternative. Whoever I choose, I just hope that they don't have a Bon Jovi album lurking somewhere on their servers!!
As none of the links now function, should anyone have a specific request for a gig no-longer available, please email me and I will repost.
IT APPEARS THAT THE STOP ON-LINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA) BILL HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN (FRIDAY) IN THE FACE OF LAST WEEK'S ONLINE BLACKOUT CAMPAIGN!
Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present
Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.
As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.
Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.
In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.
Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.