Actually i wonder what it is with FM, that they continuosly show videos with artists using warez now. Either they don't watch their own videos (even when cutting them?), or they think this kind of controversy is good for their business. I suspect the latter, so basically FM is making money from showing this guy using warez, which is morally quite delicate too... either way:
I think this has turned into a huge problem for all participants.
First and foremost, the magazine - which gives the impression "man, she show you some 'great musicians' but we actually don't give a funk about legality". Not a good reputation for the distributor (Future Publishing Limited, who also publishes Computer Music IIRC).
On the other hand, there is the musician, where the credibility lies at stake. Especially if this particular person has a moderate to huge income, and wants to be a role model to kids.
And third - the developer himself.
Unfortunately, the last party usually doesn't have the funds to sue both the magazine (for advertising cracked software - may it be on purpose or not) and the musician. Unless there is a powerful law company behind it (several German companies are covered on that behalf.
So the it's a stalemate.
The thing is... this all boils up the usual debates again, which is sooner or later being extinquished unfortunately.
I mean... if you want to use warez, that's your thing. Up until this day, I've barely seen anyone that is having a pure white vest, without a single stain. But that's like the fourth time now that a cracked version of software was spotted in a Future Music video? Seriously - what's the excuse this time? "Broken VSTi, and crack works better"? I can't confirm that.
Dumb people only let us users, that barely have any income and still try to support the developers in any possible way, bleed for others. And that is not okay IMO. Where to we small people get rewarded, or even "mentioned" on company pages with customer feedback (not talking about small companies here, but bigger ones that rely on their "reference posts")?
Especially at an age, where you can get on free stuff off of the web (Rekkerd, BPB, KVR, Gearslutz!). Which in turn, saves you money to actually buy things.
Even more reason to boycott this magazine, and the artist in question.
The sad thing is:
- we talk about it, so we do both promotion for the magazine and the artist in question
- there is one rep by Computer Music on this board, and even though it seems to be the same distributor (again, Future Publishing Limited), there won't be anything done about it.