Bandcamp is a music-streaming website, dedicated to indie and unsigned artists. It's a place to discover new music or find local artists, so fans can give their money directly to the band rather than pay a record label where the profits trickle down to the artist.

Bandcamp founder and CEO Ethan Diamond released what has become a controversial statement, declaring that on Friday, February 3rd, 100% of the money spent on the site will be donated to the ACLU.

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I have some friends who are in bands with Bandcamp accounts, and I've read opinions on both sides. Some are in full support, while others are mad that this company is deciding what to do with their money. As much as I love the idea of supporting Bandcamp's stance against the Immigration Ban, I still find myself feeling sort of weird that this company is deciding what to do with profits that come from other people's expression.

If the people here at the office were doing a collection for a cause that I didn't agree with, I could just decline to give. However, if the Hawk or Townsquare Media said they were going to be a partner for that cause, I would be stuck in a difficult place. I'm sure that many of the bands that have Bandcamp accounts are anti-Trump, but I'm also sure that there are bands and performers who support what he's doing. It's not entirely fair to say that profits from a Trump-supporter go towards anti-Trump fundraisers.

Regardless of how you feel about Trump, how do you feel about what Bandcamp is doing?


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