Australia's biggest musical acts are crying poor in a new documentary that seeks to discourage people from obtaining music illegally and change the public's perception that they live a high life of riches and glamour.
Ironically, the 10-minute documentary, which was developed by the music industry and will be distributed for free to all high schools in Australia, has been designed so it can easily be spread virally across the file sharing websites that also hold much of the pirated music the industry is seeking to eradicate.
Artists featured on the video include Silverchair, Powderfinger, the Veronicas, Operator Please, Jimmy Barnes, Evermore, Gyroscope, Frenzal Rhomb, Grinspoon, Phrase, Human Nature, Mahalia Barnes, Damien Leith, Anthony Callea, Weapon X, Ken Hell and the Dawn Collective.
"The internet has been a godsend and a nightmare for the music industry," Jimmy Barnes says
"Only 100,00 more downloads to go and we might put these miserable sods out of a job. They are all past their use by date. The public don't need music forced down their throats through record company budgets, if it sounds good people will pay for it, simple. Viva la revolution." Commented one user on the YouTube site for the video.