> funkwhale is a piracy tool.
Moreso than something like PeerTube?
I get that Funkwhale originally served a completely different purpose (basically a knockoff of Grooveshark for, ahem, "streaming your own music collection") and therefore stems from a somewhat different set of design principles than Reel2Bits, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Funkwhale "only" exists to be a piracy platform.
I'd argue that instead, it has latched on to a different potential use-case, and may evolve to become a hybrid between something-like-Spotify and something-like-Soundcloud. Personally, I'd love to see their proposed features actually help artists in the fediverse share their original works.
I realize that FW has yet to embrace a structure that actually allows for any kind of compatibility with fediverse applications, but the evolutionary changes required to support that dynamic are not some impossible pipe dream, either. At the moment, the bigger issue is probably the User -> Library -> Content_with_metadata approach, whereas something like Reel2Bits would be more aligned with User -> Note-With-Track-Attachment, and I'll admit that it would take some heavily lifting to reconcile those two things.
They're just different approaches, I don't think Funkwhale is actively trying to be some malicious project that pretends to be good for the fediverse.