Music Industry

Ever Hear of the “Kopimashin?” It’s Costing the Music Industry $10 Million a Day. Theoretically, Anyway.

“Kopimashin?” Is that some kind of hipster espresso making? Nope. It’s a music industry nightmare created by Peter Sunde, the founder of The Pirate Bay. Now that he’s out of jail for what The Pirate Bay wrought, he’s poking the bear with another sharp stick.


The device is called the ‘Kopimashin’ and it creates an endless amount of copies of Gnarls Barkley’s popular single, ‘Crazy’. The device is rather simple, relying on a Raspberry Pi, an LCD display and a bit of coding. The device creates 100 copies of the single every second, which if priced at $1.25, results in a loss of $10,800,00 USD. Naturally, depending on the price of the single, this figure will change, but the bottom line is that the device generates a massive amount of copies that result in ‘loss’.

This could get weirder. Read the whole article here. (Thanks to Derek for the link.)

Alan Cross

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