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  A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing
Subject:   Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves
Date:   2003-07-04 00:04:47
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves

So, it is now reduced to Use Net language,ie calling us p2p'rs "Monkey F**Ks" does not improve your status, keep it civil. And you lost the track of the point, and that being the RIAA has been lying thru it's mouthpieces, Hillary and Carey to the artist's, the consumer's and the Congress most of all. We are not saying we will not purchase CD's or whatever media format comes out in the future. We are saying "Stop the Lies and Hypocracy". See Sony /Phillips are both members of the RIAA and they gave us the consumers the CD player and recorder, smell a rat here yet?? They both get royalty's on all products and media, so why are they whining?? The obvious anwser is that they truely are "Pigopolist's", as are all RIAA member labels that are supporting the consumer war. What happened to the FTC's suit of price fixing?? That seems to have gone to a back shelf at their offices somewhere, soon after "Mr Bush and the Forty Thieve's" took office. Where are our $12.00+/- that the RIAA settled with the FTC for the long years of screwing the consumer?? Did you get yours?? I did not and has been months since it was settled and I have yet to see even a discount coupon(that I will be more than happy to torch in front of Sam Goody's if and when it ever arrives in my mailbox)

P2P for all it's faults has brought me to 2 groups I will now mention. The Gathering Field(http://www.gatheringfield.com) and Shamall(http://www.shamall.com), if I had not been searching for an out of catalog song. I have since ordered a few of their CD's and they are NOT RIAA affiliated. Until the artists and writers are given their royalty's as gauranteed under the law(which has been perverted to the label's whims), prices of a new CD with acceptable content to me the consumer are reduced by at least 1/2 the current prices, the DMCA and any such hinerances such as TCPA/DRM are tabled permenantly, I will never ever purchase any CD by any artist of a RIAA member label again(I used to purchase 10-15 per month, even when I was downloading on Napster), I will buy RIAA member labels from 2nd hand sources, since I know they will not see a penny from it's sale(this has been in effect since Metalica/RIAA took and killed Napster). Speaking of Metalica, you do know they have had a change of heart and are now embracing the P2P?? See, we are gaining more support every day as the RIAA and the Washington hoard are losing, next election I will be working hard for the next President that will actually get elected, not bought and packaged by industry, be very scared the voter's are PISSED. Ok, I off my Soapbox now.

Btw, haven't I seen your RIAA Troll post's in P2P Groups?? -=;=-

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  • Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves
    2003-07-04 05:23:31  anonymous2 [View]

    Quote: Speaking of Metalica, you do know they have had a change of heart and are now embracing the P2P??

    This is heartening news to my ears.
    I have just been reading that artists can expect to get 10-25% cut of the price of their CDs -once they manage to sell about a million!
    I think if they let their work propogate on P2P and publicise on the Internet. They could sell CDs online without the need for Agents, Contracts and Start Up Financing. The notion that fans will stop wanting to buy because they can burn scrappy CDs, I think is a lie to protect the earning potential of the big stars and agencies who dont want their dictated network to be eclipsed by this new technology.

    Free Internet streaming would have benifited Artists and Listeners more than P2P if the RIAA hadnt legislated to Tax Streams into obscurity.

    A simple solution exists for artists to help themselves in this new era, stop dealing with Agents and companies who will not accomodate and work with the soul of the Internet.

    And for the agents, learn about Internet publicity and webhosting and Marketing.

    Why on earth should musicians need officious contracts as a license to earn a living from being musicians? Bankers and Lawyers and Doctors etc, I understand need to sign oaths, But how does the world's Music benefit from meddling accountants?

    How does stifling the music scene benefit those who want to work in it?

    All this stuff harms Music, musicians should know that from the joy they get from their talent.
    This accountancy harms every musician except the extremely rich ones because it is just a barrier to getting recognised as a desirable member of society for singing and playing in its own right.
    Buskers and Cabaret artists, jammers and Gig bands all suffer for the sake of this corporate conspiracy.
    The amounting money people have spare to spend on their musical passion has not been changed by P2P but the passion is increased and horizons widened massively.