Although it’s an issue that’s always lurking in the background, the subject of musical piracy has been at the fore of the metal community lately – in particular with Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildeen tackling the issue/using it as a promotional tool for Born of Osiris‘s new album earlier this month. With claims, too, of Amazon’s new Cloud Drive only making the practice more convenient, a steadily gathering group of small musicians calling themselves the Local Musician’s Armada Online have teamed up with several national authorities to offer amnesty to what they call “malicious and damaging bedroom pirates.”

It’s true that we’ve probably all done it at some point – and it’s with this in mind that the group are offering this reprieve before a concerted effort by numerous online crime enforcement agencies to tackle the problem. The group’s spokeman, Ricky A., said:

“We’re no strangers to this growing menace. More and more, hard-working bands are being forced to hang up their instruments due to decreased revenue and the financial constraints that causes.

You know the rules. You wouldn’t tolerate this from any other criminal. We’re never going to give up and desert these victims, and although we’ve known about this problem for so long, we’re no longer going to be shy about sorting it out. We know your game!”

As I mentioned though, an offer has been laid on the table. For today and the rest of this month, well-meaning pirates with a guilty conscience can put their name down on an online petition, which serves two purposes: firstly to raise awareness and vocalise support for the movement, and secondly as a sort of “blood of a spring lamb on the door/Passover” thing. The IPs of those signing up will be logged, granting them a sort of reprieve, given that they promise to delete all illicit files from their hard drives. Much like the weapon amnesties of ghettos around the ‘real’ world, there will be a no-questions asked policy.

The group has recently attracted some bigger names to help spread their cause, including djent ‘superstars’ TesseracT and North Carolina’s He Is Legend.

Admirable? Certainly. Enforcable? We’ll see. There are always ways around these things, and people have been threatening this kind of action for years – but it could be worth taking a look.

Check out the sign-up list here, and catch tracks from the aforementioned bands after the jump.

– CG

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