Music Thieves Give Back After Downloading Music for Free via HumanFankind

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New website,, lets music fans give back to artists after downloading their music for free. Who would give back after pirating? The statistics are surprising.

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Give a Little, It Will Sound Better

The music industry is forever changed for music fans, and this time it is positive. HumanFankind, a new startup that allows music lovers to give back to the artists that they have stolen from through music piracy, has opened it’s internet doors to the public. Since HumanFankind’s creation in early 2012 it has accepted donations for popular artists including Fun., Muse, The Temper Trap, Alex Clare, Silversun Pickups, The Dirty Heads, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce.

Not only is HumanFankind a donation accepting and distributing service, but it also allows fans to send a message along with their donation, and stay informed about new music and news within their favorite genres. The service is not exclusively used by label artists. Indie artists can easily add their name to the website to begin accepting donations.

Giving back from guilt of piracy is not always cited as the reason for donations. In many cases fans feel as if they should support those who bring them entertainment, whether being a famous rock star, a local band member, or even their friends that are trying to “make it”. When an artist offers their music to the public as a free download fans appreciate it, and are now able to say “thanks”. Giving back to artists via is as simple as clicking the musician’s name and deciding how much to give. All payments are processed securely through Paypal.

Similar to Radiohead, (band) who released their album “In Rainbows” with voluntary donation options, HumanFankind recognizes that listeners no longer want to pay for all of the music that they download, but given the option to give back, fans will. Donations received in HumanFankind’s first quarter indicate that the majority of donations go to artists performing in the “Rock” or “Alternative” genre. Reasons are unknown, even as rapper David Banner recently asked two million fans to donate $1 to “The Movement”, as well as hip hop artists continuing to be the most pirated in the United States.

HumanFankind was founded in 2012 by Justin Silverman, while studying at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Currently HumanFankind is seeking music bloggers and file sharing networks to promote the act of giving back by informing their viewers of the service, and by linking to it when sharing free music.

There is a loss of over $12.5 billion dollars a year due to music piracy (RIAA) and HumanFankind tries to bridge that gap to make artists’ hard work pay off. “If you give a little, it will sound better!”

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