Internet personality, Tessa Netting (@tessanetting) , took my friend, Giovannie Espiritu's (@giospirit2) song, "Introvert's World", and did a cover without asking for permission. Gio is a talented actress who has a long history and CV of acting in shows like ER, Bones, and Gilmore Girls, but like most of us, is trying to find her footing within the industry.
Okay, so you might say, "People do covers all the time! No one's ever had to ask for permission!" The difference lies in platform: Netting has approximately 145,000 followers on IG and 91,000 on Facebook; while Gio's followers on Youtube has climbed to 518 over the past few years. This isn't Joe Average seeing Jane Common's music and doing a cover and both find camaraderie in this. This is someone mining for music to make money off of other people's work to elevate their own platform.
It's really a shame seeing the comments being sent to Gio. Comments that resemble something of taking an apologist's stance. "Well at least you got more exposure" or "Hey, you can learn from this." It's funny how these moral dilemmas are generally placed in shades of grey and there's this large abstract detached dialogue like, "well, yes, but, hm, you could, well, maybe look at it from this angle" - NOPE. WRONG. Because when a difficult problem arrives and assaults them on a personal level all of a sudden there's an immediate need for a solid absolutist resolution.
Look, what I'm saying is, have integrity. Because it's not seen, heard, or touched, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It doesn't even have to be said. If your actions feel like they're deviating from your general principles, this is called, conscience. You ask for permission to go to someone's house and you ask when you borrow a pen...why not do the same when you're going to cover someone's music? #artist #thievery #arttheft #art #lying #plagirism #illustration #music #tessanetting #film