Friday, January 04, 2008

RIAA and the dead cat bounce or the death rattle...

As the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) continues to wage war against consumer in the hopes that it can save its dying business model, our courts and our legistlature continue to feel bad for them. Let's make it clear right here, right now. These greedy pigs have only one thing on their mind and that's money. The ultimate goal of this cartel is to get you, the consumer, to pay every time you hear a song. Their goal is to eliminate any concept of "Fair Use."

The latest example was written about by Marc Fisher of the Washington Post. The RIAA believes that it is illegal for you to make a digital copy of legally purchased CD. Huh? You say. Of course that is what they believe. The idea that you should be able to buy a song once is a ridiculous idea to them. They would much prefer you buy song in each format you need. Cha-ching! Like the CD in your car, buy the CD. Want the song on your iPod or other mp3 player...but the song again...cha-ching!

The always counter with the fact that CD sales are down and that there is only one cause for this...people are getting their music illegally. This is B as in B, S as in S. Is it possible that music sales are down because the new music sucks? The industry has lost sight of what it does. They have attempted to take art and fit it into slots. The slots are the music people like. Well, I'm not a slot and neither is my taste in music. It all just sounds the same. Can anyone tell me the last time music didn't just suck? Country music today sounds like bad 70s rock. Rock music today all sounds like Nickelback. I just haven't been all that excited to go buy a CD in a very long time.

As soon as the record companies figure out that their product sucks and is way over priced. The industry will start to rebound. Not when they've sued everyone in to oblivion. Giving guranteed contracts to Brittney and her ilk, is just wasting money. Throwing lavish parties for celebrity musiciains does what exactly? I know, it burns millions of dollars and keeps the cost of music high. Get a grip on your business model. Learn to function like normal humans and businesses and ADAPT or the consequences is death. You will be the next buggy whips.


The Microblogologist said...

What pisses me off is that they are targeting on-campus college students because they can get big groups of them in one bust and they are not in a financial position to even try to fight it. Their troll gets a bunch of IP addresses and they force the college to give the name and address of the student assigned that address and they get a letter offering to settle and informing them of how much it would cost if they fought it and lost.

While I do not approve of them illegally downloading music and/or sharing it illegally I definitely have a problem with college students being targeted in such a way. Them trying to go against our right to make a copy of something we legally purchased should be stopped immediately. And don't be dissing my country music ;).

OhCaptain said...

I'm just not a fan of their abuse of the legal system. They abuse the courts by dumping volumes of bogus cases on to the dockets. They abuse not only students but just plain folks by giving them the option of just paying money for the problem to go away or to hire a spendy attorney and fighting.

I'm an IT guy. The tech they are using to identify people is bogus. In the cases that have been fought, much of it has been disproven. It's all just smoke and mirrors.

The industry is dying and it isn't from file sharing. It's a dinosaur trying to hold onto a failing business model.