Nigerian Artist Says Finger Amputation Is the Only Way to Solve Music Piracy…

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The recommendation comes from a very frustrated Stella Monye, a celebrated Nigerian samba artist who has witnessed her sales decline precipitously over the past ten years.  “Taking them to court to be fined N10,000 [$62] will not deter them,” Monye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) earlier this week.  “They will pay and come out to continue.”

“Cutting their fingers off will stop them, by the time you cut off two people’s fingers others will stop. They will learn and it will be faster in stopping them; without a drastic measure they won’t stop.”

The extreme position wasn’t made in jest, and highlights just how frustrated (and impoverished) many famous artists have become.  “You become a pauper because of your pirated works, they impoverish you,” Monye continued. “What is more wicked than pirating someone’s intellectual property and making the person suffer without getting anything from all the money he invested in the works?”

“We have been saying a lot about piracy but the authorities have not done much for it to be stopped.”

The opinion also demonstrates that piracy remains a very real and pertinent issue for content owners and artists, despite successful ‘piracy alternatives’ like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube.  Just this week. worldwide recording organization IFPI called for a worldwide blockade against torrent sites by ISPs, while streaming payouts (or lack thereof) often leave artists wondering whether there’s any difference at all between torrenting and streaming.

Top image from Internet Archive Book Images, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).  Written while listening to Mozart and Tove Lo.

23 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    So, is this the latest artists-are-evil-article from torrentfreak?

    • Anonymous

      …OR is it an attempt to portray these darn negroes as savages?

  2. David

    I would prefer the old-school rock managers’ approach: if someone is ripping you off, you find out where they live and send round some roadies to break their legs. Allegedly.

  3. Versus

    I sympathize with the righteous anger.

    However, the fines alone might work if:
    – they were widely and consistently applied
    – the money thus obtained were distributed to the wronged intellectual property holders

    • Anonymous

      “fines alone might work if:
      – they were widely and consistently applied
      – the money thus obtained were distributed to the wronged intellectual property holders”


  4. Versus

    “successful ‘piracy alternatives’ like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube”

    By “successful ‘piracy alternatives'”, I assume you mean “successful alternative forms of piracy”?

  5. Ben

    Quite simply the penalties for copyright theft should be the same as if you stole the same items in a shop.

    You illegally download an album you get a penalty for shoplifting
    You illegally download a whole shops worth of music – you go to jail for grand theft
    You do it again – you get double the sentance

  6. Willis

    Not sure about this barbaric method solving music piracy, but it sure would deter many people if carried out.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Well, in the slightly-less barbaric category, we have Orrin Hatch, who once proposed destroying the computers of those caught pirating content. To most people, that would be like seizing a car for a parking violation, but as you can see, there are many who question why music piracy is considered so unimportant of a crime. Actually, I’d say the average person considers music piracy as landing somewhere between a parking ticket and throwing gum into the bushes in terms of its seriousness to society.

      Written while listening to Lorde.

      • Chris


        that’s not actually a bad idea – taking away their computers, modems, tablets, iPods, screens, VPN accounts would really fuck up their lives. Given that most of them don’t know to communicate in real life it would be similar to throwing them in jail.

        I’d also like to see them sit in front of a hostile group of musicians, managers and label reps and explain how their theft “isn’t hurting anyone” – they’d shit their little panties

        • Angry Artist

          Here come the internet police to take your puter away!

  7. Anonymous

    Whatever it takes. We’ve got to get a handle on this piracy thing. It’s out of control.