So as not to hijack the existing thread…
Speaking as one who fully supports the RIAA’s right to try to defend their material, yes, I will say that they’re getting too zealous. They’re fighting the symptoms of the problem, not the cause. The best thing they can do is cut prices on albums and try to set up their own competing method of downloading songs.
My idea would be for her, and anybody else who gets falsely caught in the RIAA driftnet, to countersue for the highend potential of what the RIAA wanted. So, $150,000 (potential) per song times 2000 songs equals a countersuit for a cool $300 million.
In other news: Pope found to be Catholic. Bear defecates in the woods.
Kazaa doesn’t only run on Windows computers. You can access Kazaa’s FastTrack network from several *nix clients such as giFT. What if the neophyte Mac user is secretly a computer whiz who harnessed the power of Mac OS X’s Unix core?
Actually, I think the RIAA has done some good, what with suing dangerous 7 year olds and grandfathers. It’s made me realize just how much great independent music is out there and how much my music dollars–and I buy a LOT of music–matter to a company that pays artists and not teams of lawyers. And it’s made me realize that I’m going to put most of my money into cool indie bands rather than the RIAA’s pockets. So, fuck the RIAA.
Gee, with all this great press they’re getting, I’ll bet music sales are going to rocket. I’m heading to the store today to get that new Jewel CD! Yay!
You guys don’t get it. They’re not being over-zealous.
File-sharing (not really…the real culprit is the re-positioning of entertainment information (songs, movies, et al) from analog technology (records, VHS) to digital format.
That technological advance (and large-scale buy-in by both the public and the industries involved) was the first tone in the death knell of large-scale entertainment companies. And they’re smart enough to know that.
So of course they’re going to fight tooth and nail and not really care about collateral damages. They’re fighting for survival with no real plan to capitalize on the new technology because there isn’t one.
They’ll fight until they die. Then large scale music and movies will begin the slide into oblivion. Then bands and actors won’t be wildly rich, fewer people will go into music and movies, and there will be fewer choices available to consumers but what choices there are will be made by people with a passion.
Personally, I’m hoping one of the fall outs from this process is that more people start participating in the arts themselves instead of being content with simply consuming other people’s efforts.
Just to nitpick, the money doesn’t go into the RIAA’s pockets. It goes into the pockets of RIAA members. All the RIAA gets is annual dues.
What Jonathan Chance said.
We can always hope, anyhow.