I jumped all over a fellow blooger today and that wasn’t right. But I think this free ipod, free pc referral scam is bad news. I see it popping up on a lot of blogs that I like. People who visit the blog are begged to help the blogger win one product or another (or even to help pay for the hosting costs or buy a t-shirt). The visitor to the blog is guilted in a way to take part as they are receiving free music by visiting and in exchange the least they could do is help the blogger win an ipod shuffle.
We write our blogs to promote music not to profit from the traffic that comes our way because of the music. If you are hosting music “illegally” (i.e. without the band or labels consent) and most of us are, it’s simply not right to then try to profit in any way from the exposure and traffic that the music you linked to provides.
Posting music illegally is one thing if you truly feel that doing so will help the band or label you are promoting. But taking part in all of these scams is just giving the RIAA the amunition it needs to shut us down. Perhaps this is alarmist but as we all know Moistworks was just recently forced to shut down…who’s next?