I am a strong and outspoken opponent of DRM. I am very intrigued by sampling and all of its cultural aspects - since deep down everything is sampling - and I have an uncanny faith in technology and the possibilties within. I am not fond of piracy, but I do have a realistic sense, I see how the world works and why it happens. I am dedicated to working WITH technology, not against it, finding a model that works for everyone and makes piracy irrelevant and unnecessary.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the arch-enemy of Gisle. As stated in the journal:
And my hopes, dear reader, is that DRM goes the same way. Straight to hell..
On the matter of piracy, Gisle (trying to make a living of his music) is a bit more reluctant, but as he states:
If there is to be a limit to how much you share, the limit should be transparent/invisible to everyday users looking to share with friends, but cumbersome for individuals intending to mass-pirate. And in my humble but brilliant opinion; the easiest way to make it difficult to mass-pirate, is to make it unnecessary to pirate.
In another post, he writes:
Piracy is not good. I agree. Conscience and information regarding possibilities and responsibilities in a digital world is important.
Oh, and by the way, if you bought the albums - it's ok to fileshare them (*). If, however, you are in the opposite situation and downloaded the music thru fileshare, and you really like it - please consider purchasing an album. Either here or in the store. It means I can make another without selling my body parts or robbing banks.
(*) But within the legal limits set by laws in your country, of course.
The Norwegian campaign Piracy Kills Music is not supported by Gisle, although they falsified his support on their leaflets.