The war on terrorism is not the only war that has been wasting billions and fought with no clear perspective or foresight for the past 10 years.
It was only a little under 6 months ago, on November 29th, that the US government seized 82 domain names of websites that they believe are infringing copyrights or are facilitating it. This was yet another major event in the “War on Piracy” that has been fought for over a decade. Among those sites was OnSmash.com, a Hip-Hop blog that not only takes down content and links as per copyright infringement notices but also receives links and content from the record companies in order to promote their artists. OnSmash and its contemporary sites effectiveness and relevance are well proven; they often have new songs posted days or weeks before impacting radio. These sites have propelled more new artists from obscurity in the past decade than the broken A&R system of past. Furthermore, at times these sites had new music available to listen before or just as some music executives would be exposed to them. In layman’s terms, they have their ears to the streets, whereas record companies are only playing catch-up.