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Article exposes 'Canadian pirates' circa 1897

With eyes of the law planted firmly on Sweden, and in particular The Pirate Bay, you'd be forgiven for thinking music piracy was born with the rise of the internet, or perhaps the 'home taping is killing music' rage of the '80s.

Music piracy has, in fact, been a problem (of publishers, at least) for much, much longer…

An 1897 New York Times article titled Music Pirates In Canada shows that - as long as music exists - pirates will be pirates, and it's not just a Swedish thing. There's an excerpt below, with more available at BestActEver. Or, if you're really interested, the whole archive is here.

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(Via: BoingBoing)

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).