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Star Pianist Speaks out against YouTube

Above: Krystian Zimerman performs Chopin's Ballade No. 1 Smartphones have made it easier then ever before to capture video of anyone, anywhere. On the other side of the coin, it's now easier than ever to become an unwitting - and unhappy - film star. Polish concert pianist Krystian Zimerman interrupted his own performance at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, Germany, last week to ask an audience member to stop video recording his performance, according to The Guardian. Zimerman reportedly continued playing, then left the stage. On returning, he told the audience that he had lost recording work because bootlegged performances of certain musical works already appear on YouTube. Zimerman went on to say.

The destruction of music because of YouTube is enormous.

Ruhr Piano Festival spokeswoman Anke Demirsoy says the festival leader plan to discuss how to limit use of recording devices in their concerts. How do you think concert artists and presenters can keep their performances from being bootlegged? Share your comments below. Read more: YouTube 'Destroying Music,' Pianist Says in Angry Protest (Guardian)