Public shaming of leakers of content

Idolator posted a link to this blog before the writer could even get his first name and shame live. The idea according to the blogger behind the site is to:

…create a little blog to post the names, indelible and set out for all to see, of those people who’ve been given the care of having an early copy of a release and have set that responsibility aside and leaked the record they were entrusted with.

The comments are of course growing…

It’s obviously quite a shaky approach to trying to quell pre-release leaks of music being vulnerable to people sending in names maliciously. But it does suggest an interesting extension of some of the discussion that goes on in fans’ forums about whether to upload pre-release material. Some are so desperate to hear it that they want it posted, claiming they will buy it anyway. Others cite the undermining of an artist’s hard work and intentions as a reason not to post.

If this blog takes off, and I am not sure it will, it will be interesting to see what effect it has and the discussion that follow.

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