View Full Version : New(ish) activities of the RIAA

04-16-2003, 12:30 AM
An article on new activities of the RIAA posted on Winamp.com ... Find it here (http://winamp.com/news.jhtml;$sessionid$3TRXR5G4LBYPTTN24UYBCZQ?arti cleid=9940)

Man I seriously do not like the RIAA...

[edit] Gee golly Cletus! I sure do wish I could type! Gur-HUH!

04-16-2003, 12:42 AM
Grrrr...those bastards. I find this extremely disturbing. I like free music. :)

04-16-2003, 01:26 AM
It's not so much the free music. How did they find out about personal file transfers on a closed, personal network?

I'm also somewhat against the whole P2P crap. I can see where the RIAA is coming from. Things wouldn't function if there was no transfer of money, people are too greedy. BUT... look at "Cribs" (whatever they call it, that show on TV) When the entertainer, who claims that it's all about the music, lives in a house that large and that fancy, there's obviously too much money being given to someone

I was particularly impressed by this tidbit of news
As we reported last week, Godsmack’s frontman Sully Erna reportedly went to bat for fans when he asked his record label to keep the price down on Godsmack’s new CD “Faceless” which was released this week.
It has now come to light that Godsmack also opted out of taking part in the Metallica lead Summer Sanitarium tour that will also feature Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Mudvayne and the Deftones. Erna says that the reason they decided against doing that tour was because tickets for the stadium tour are far too expensive.

"[It's] a big issue for us [when] a kid has to go to his mother at 16 years old and ask her for $200 just to go to a concert, get a bottle of water and a T-shirt," Erna told VH1 recently in an interview. "Also, they seemed to have their key bands picked anyway, and since we've got a new record, we feel we have to support this record ourselves. We've always built this band up from the street level and tried to build our own entity."
(Source (http://www.antimusic.com/news/03/april/item18.shtml))

I went to pick the CD up the day it came out, and it was only thirteen dollars. I thought it must have received bad reviews. Quite the contrary.

The money needs to come from somewhere. But I think the trend seen with the new Godsmack CD needs to continue. The music industry pulls in way too much money.

And to back up my point...
The RIAA is seeking damages of up to $150,000 per song on the services in addition to attorneys' fees of course.
$150,000 a song? How much money could they possibly have lost? Certainly no more than a few drops in the bucket compared to what they normally rake in. So now they go after these kids who must obviously not have any money to begin with. Otherwise, they'd probably just buy the CD.

Simple economics folks. If you lower the price, there will be more demand for said product. The only thing that should be argued is how greedy we should allow the music industry and the RIAA to be.