The Times reports…

posted by Nick Hornby June 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm Music

The Times reports an ingenious but work-intensive downloading scam, brought to an end by the Metropolitan Police and the FBI: a criminal gang (nine people were arrested) wrote nineteen songs, got them onto Amazon and iTunes, stole fifteen hundred credit cards, and downloaded the songs repeatedly until they had earned themselves $300,000 in royalties. Presuming that the money was distributed equally, this netted them just over thirty thousand dollars each – nothing to be sneezed at, certainly, but an an amount only just over the UK national average salary. I know, from my recent experiences with Ben Folds, that  song-writing isn’t easy, although I don’t suppose they spent an awful lot of time on that part;  however, the theft of fifteen hundred credit cards, and the repeated downloading, sounds like hard work. I wonder whether any of them wishes now that they’d spent the time window-cleaning, say?