An Iron Maiden Hoax Too Boring To Check

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 11:30 AM

Cell phones light up an Iron Maiden concert (Samuel Vieira/flickr)

If you weren’t on the internet last week (apparently there were holidays) you might’ve missed this small story about Iron Maiden. A blog called citeworld wrote that the band was using data about where their music was most pirated in order to plan their tours.

It was a mini-story, but it circulated because it read like a morality tale. The moral was that bands should be pragmatic in the face of piracy. People like these stories.

Turns out, this one wasn’t true. Unlike the last thirty hoaxes, this doesn’t seem to have been the result of anyone intentionally lying, but rather just sloppy reporting from an obscure tech blog, which other folks picked up uncritically because it was too small to be suspicious of. Anyway. Happy Monday. Be suspicious of everything.



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Comments [3]

Hey Bill,

I didn't mean obscure as an insult, just as an adjective. I'm sorry if I offended you.


Dec. 30 2013 03:20 PM
Bill from Connecticut

Sloppy reporting? Absolutely yes. Obscure tech blog? Maybe if you are not in tech. I read Citeworld every day. It has relevant stories to how I make my living. I would say it is no more obscure than a snarky, to-cool-for-school NPR blog whose author thinks he is just a bit more clever than everyone else. Typical NPR. Ger over yourself. (BTW - I am an avid On the Media listener and financial contributor.)

Dec. 30 2013 11:57 AM
Jason Callina

So, everything you said is probably true and kudos to the linked author for admitting his mistake, rare humility in the rapid news cycle.

A music label would never publicly admit to something that would encourage piracy despite labels owing recent profit spikes directly to piracy. My suspicion is that the MPAA, RIAA fight is calming down because they realize they have to compete with how consumers expect to consume content rather than how it is dictated to them, but that is just conjecture since none of these folks will be honest about current business practices.

Dec. 30 2013 11:56 AM

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