Gene Simmons Says Record Companies To Blame For Illegal Music Downloading

Gene Simmons Says Record Companies To Blame For Illegal Music Downloading

September 17, 2010

Gene Simmons Says Record Companies To Blame For Illegal Music DownloadingGene Simmons wants to remind everyone that “stealing music, downloading it for free, is like someone stealing your weekly paycheck.”

The KISS frontman and bassist makes no bones about what measures should be taken against people who illegally download music, saying the labels should have “taken the people’s houses and cars,” adding that “if there’s no repercussion for bad behavior, everybody would prefer to take something for free.”

And that’s the problem, says Simmons. He asserts that because record companies “didn’t have the stomach” to sue those who stole music, it’s resulted in a “generation that’s been trained to expect music for free.” Ultimately, he says, the people who are most to blame for that perception is “the record business itself.”

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