Ahoy, matey! LAT article spreads Stern piracy

stern.jpgWho says newspapers are losing their influence? Yesterday the LAT reported on the widespread internet piracy of Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show, and illegal Stern-downloading immediately spiked by around 500%. From today’s LAT:

Illicit downloading of shock jock Howard Stern’s shows increased fivefold Thursday after the Los Angeles Times reported on the broad availability of bootlegged versions of his Sirius Satellite Radio program on Internet file-sharing networks.

“The genie’s out of the bottle,” said Aram Sinnreich, managing partner of Radar Research, a Los Angeles media consulting firm.

Maybe Stern will retaliate by talking on his show about how easy it is to steal the LAT from Starbucks. (Not that I’m suggesting that people do this. But sometimes your annoying aspiring-actor neighbor steals your home-delivered paper so he can read about the Lakers, and, what, you’re supposed to shell out fifty cents because you live next door to a jerk? I’m just saying.)