(Closed) DJ illegally downloads music…

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our DJ also told us straight up that if he didn’t have what he needed when it was requested that he would also use LimeWire to download. I personally have no problem w/ it, but I can see how a lot of people would.

One thing I was worried about if the DJ downloaded illegally is if the song was a rip from the radio, or if it wasn’t the whole song & sometimes the downloads are a mix.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@UpstateCait: Well if he is illegally downloading music and he gets caught it’ll be his problem not yours. But also if you’re paying someone that you just described as not very professional I wouldn’t be shocked about him doing something like that. Doesn’t seem like he’s a very reputable guy so this is probably a case of getting what you pay for.

I’d expect most DJs to have a good variety of songs but on special requests I’d guess that they would ask the couple for those (if they own them) or just have some sort of “download fee” so he could buy songs that might be obscure (and therefore wouldn’t be an expected part of his library).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i don’t think that pirating music is as big of a deal as him seeming like a sloppy flake. if he’s a pro and doing this fulltime, you’d think he’d want the official version to build up his collection – sometimes the only downloads available are of lesser compression quality. you run a slight risk with it being an incomplete or wrong version if he’s not sourcing it properly, but i feel exactly how you do about DJ’s. I think if he/she doesn’t have what I want, I’ll get them myself (by whatever means I choose) and give them to him/her so that I know what they’re playing is exactly what I want.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

A couple of the songs we wanted that the DJ didn’t have he or we just found a good version on youtube and he played the song that way instead of downloading it. 

I guess that doesn’t answer your questions except to say there are alternative other than buying or pirating.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

double post

Post # 9
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652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t want to do business with someone that illegally downloaded music.  It makes me nervous about their professional character–if you’re willing to steal music to make money off of it, then who’s to say you’re going to live up to the contract you want me to sign?  If I’m paying you, it’s because you’re a pro.  

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I completely agree with Violet Violet.

The character of the DJ is that he is dishonest and a thief…I wouldn’t want a self-proclaimed thief/liar on my wedding payroll…

Just saying…

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

This is a huge debate in the legitimate DJ industry and I’m pleased to hear some brides and grooms are actually concerned about this. Thank you all sooo much!

My digital play list of 10,000 tunes cost me roughly $5000. Ala cart tunes downloaded legally from places like Amazon cost upwards of 89 cents a piece and most are just under a dollar. Getting all the music our clients want is simply part of the deal. Music is a considerable investment for a mobile entertainer but it is part of the cost of doing business.

I have no sympathy for the music industry as I find them unethical as a whole but it is no different if you to hire a DJ with illegal music then it is to buy a TV off the street. In both cases you know you are buying stolen merchandise.

Post # 14
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Honey bee

Honestly I’d be more concerned by his overall lack of professionalism (unwilling to dress and act professionally from your account before you even mentioned the downloading) and find someone else. A professional dj worth their salt is not that expensive but you do have to search for them instead of going with the first person you meet.

Browse the vendor reviews at ProjectWedding.com to see who is most reliable and then email them for a quote (along with interviewing them). 

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