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Boy Scouts of America against digital downloading… and Radiohead

on October 04, 2010, 5:52pm

In this day and age, digital downloads are like second nature to many music fans. But the Boy Scouts of America, downloading is seen not only as a problem, but a confusing one at that. Morals, people, morals!

According to a recent article in Scouting Magazine, the official publication of Boy Scouts of America, the so-called problem is that people are unable to tell the difference between legally-purchased burned content and content that has been pirated or stolen, thus confusing the listener.

Quoting Dr. Tony Aretz, a longtime Scouter and president of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, the magazine notes that “part of the problem lies in the Internet’s free-for-all nature, where users get all sorts of content free — even information from newspapers that they would have to pay for in the real world… Bands like Radiohead have further complicated the situation by giving their music away or offering it on a ‘pay what you want’ basis.”

The startling revelation comes just weeks after Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood revealed that the band has been discussing plans on how to make their new music available to the masses, notably through digital access. Regardless of their efforts, it now seems the band won’t be receiving its expected merit badge.

In much less controversial news, guitarist Jonny Greenwood and frontman Thom Yorke are contributing “tons and tons of files” to the upcoming Edward Norton-helmed film, Stone.

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