Back in May, Reznor blogged about UMG about setting the price of Year Zero in Australia at about $30 (USD). Trent took to his stump his last time in Australia, too, making news worldwide, but as this poll of his fans at Sydnye’s Hordern Pavilion two nights ago suggests, prices remain at wallet-gouging levels. “You know what that means,” says Rez. “Steal it! Steal, steal, and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealing.”
Strong words! And a more effective practice of distributing free music than playing the bathroom stall Santa, sprinkling little tune-loaded USB drives in toilets around the world for good little boys and girls. (Bringing waterclosets into the equation just confuses the “steal my shit” imperative.) This is the first popular artist to publicly encourage piracy since … Chumbawamba?