How piracy is Hurting Indie Artists | ABS-CBN News

28 Sep

The Trichordist

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Jackie Chavez has been trying to make it big as a singer and musician for five years now. It hasn’t been easy.

“It’s tough when you’re just doing it independently and you don’t have connections. You rely on pure talent. It’s really hard,” she mused.

Chavez released her self-titled album in the Philippines in 2011, and she’s trying to do the same in the U.S. For now, she earns her money through gigs. But she said selling her songs online through iTunes and Amazon has been especially challenging, because of piracy.

“As artists, we put our dedication and hardwork to create music. It’s so sad that they’re just going to copy it. They’re just going to pirate it,” she added.


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