the RIAA doesn’t want you to rip your own CD

31 07 2006

Last year the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) said “it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod.”  That makes sense, because you bought it.  Okay, note that this was said by a representative of the big music labels, and it was said to the Supreme Court.  Well, now they’re changing their tune, saying it’s not necessarily legal anymore.  Now why would they say this?  Surely it couldn’t be because of greed?  (Note lots of implied sarcasm.)  Do they expect me to buy a CD and buy the MP3 (or whatever digital format) of it also?

This is crazy!  Does their greed know no end?  Apparently not.  Obviously, this will not sit well with consumers.  It sure doesn’t sit well with me!  How can the RIAA be so stupid to anger the people who are legally buying CDs and digital songs?

I really hope that someday the Internet will level the playing field enough so the RIAA and the major labels don’t have a near-monopoly on what music we are exposed to.  (Of course, you can find lots of indie music on the Internet, but getting that onto the radio is very difficult for an indie band.)  The music industry needs a revolution, shaking up the big companies at the top.  Music is an art, so it shouldn’t be just about money.  This revolution is possible, but it will take cooperation at many levels.  Getting enough people to go against the grain is the difficult part to get started, but the RIAA may be kick-starting the process with this kind of greed…  They’re going to learn that they can’t just keep mistreating their customers and taking even more of their money…  Eventually there will be a backlash and customers will look elsewhere to spend their entertainment dollars, and that’s where the revolution will come in.




2 responses

1 08 2006

It’s a good thing I don’t hardly buy CD’s anymore!

1 08 2006

A while back a lot of Canadian record labels walked out on CRIA, the Canadian equivalent of the RIAA. And a bunch of them just launched a new coalition for Canadian musicians called the “Canadian Music Creators Coalition,” and their founding principles are pretty cool:

1. Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical
2. Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive
3. Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists

This consumer-friendly stance is backed by some big artists, too. Let’s hope something like this happens in America! The artists need to be supported and rewarded more, and the consumers need to be able to enjoy their music freely (that is, without DRM).

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