posted on Feb, 7 2003 @ 02:02 AM
Winston, I run into you again! And on a subject near and dear to my heart!
While I am not a "script kiddie" (were it not for friends considerably more computer litterate than I, I would still be pounding documents out on an
old smith corona typewriter), and I do not begin to know the ins and outs of hacking, I have done a good deal of research into the RIAA and some of
The first notion that the RIAA likes to pawn off about itself is that it exists to protect the rights of the artists. Please note, I have TOTAL
respect for the artist, and in no way would like to see an artist, any artist (even those who seem to serve no purpose but to use air) be screwed out
of what he has lawfully earned.
However, the dollars that are supposedly being lost to internet piracy would never have found thier way into the pockets of the artists. Indeed, even
in the rare instances that the RIAA makes recovery of funds directly related to file sharing, I challenge ANYONE to show that said funds went DIRECTLY
to an artist who suffered direct damage from said file sharing.
In addition, it has been proven that the music industry is not actually loosing sales (when comparing the ratio of sales to releases, and taking into
account the sharp decline of new releases last year.) What this means is that yes, total sales are down compared to the previous year, but not due to
file sharing, but because the total number of new releases was sharply lower. Had the labels bothered to properly promote new previously unknown
talent, sales would have been far better, on the backs of new releases.
This of course brings up the subject of whether or not artists are promoted by P2P. IF you actually read the data, it appears that P2P only helps
sales of established artists (direct correlation between most downloaded and best sales), as well as vastly helping the burgeoning unpromoted artist,
by giving them exposure they would never otherwise have dreamed of.
Aside from the obvious moral defficiencies that the RIAA suffers, and the extreme greed, what concerns me the most is the draconian agenda that the
RIAA has planned. If you research the legistlation that the RIAA is attempting (totally eliminating copyright time limits, embedded DRM hardware in
all consumer electronics, time coded self erasing media) as well as the legistlation already passed (DMCA, NET law, which effectively makes 60 million
Americans unindicted felons), the RIAA appears to be the posterchild of Orwellian Totalitarianism. In the future, you will not own ANY media, but will
pay each and every time you hear a song or see a movie.