It seems that pirate music sites are getting easier and easier to set up these days.
Apparently there’s a script that you can buy for just $38 that will let you set up your own cross between Spotify and YouTube. It’s illegal, of course, and will get shut down in no time (especially if you live in the United States), but if you’re really into it, it is possible to launch your own instant music site.
The script is called YouTubify and allows almost anyone to set up their own music service without breaking too much of a sweat. For now, it’s available on one of the biggest coding sites frequented by hackers.
Wefre was a fee music distribution site that recently popped up using the script, and although users loved the look and feel of it, it was forced to shut down shortly after launch.
And fortunately for artists, publishers and labels everywhere, this is what’s going to happen in most of these cases. Just because you can easily launch a music distribution site, it doesn’t mean you should.
Sites like Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music and every other music streaming site that you can list have all paid millions of dollars in licensing fees and pay monthly royalties to artists, labels and publishers. Even if the music is offered for free by one of these hacker sites, it still violates copyright laws (it’s a form of piracy, after all).
Reportedly there are dozens of sites using this script that yet to be shut down, but luckily, none have received much attention or gotten traction.
It’s tough enough trying to make money in the streaming music business without a plethora of free sites popping up everywhere.