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Moby Explains RIAA Mindset: Please Make The Future Die

from the moby-and-mossberg? dept

It's a bit of an odd pairing, but musician Moby was recently interviewed by Walt Mossberg, and among other things they discussed issues like file sharing and the RIAA's strategy. Moby, of course, has complained about the RIAA's strategy in the past, calling for it to be disbanded following the Jammie Thomas verdict. He's also found success experimenting with giving away his music, so his positions probably don't come as a surprise. He says he has no problem with people downloading his music (though he likes it when they buy it as well), as he's "honored" that people want to listen to his music, and if they download an unauthorized copy: "more power to you." On the RIAA, he can't understand why they're doing something that so clearly alienates fans, but then does a pretty good job explaining why, noting that the current business model of major labels:
"underpins the failure of major labels--they think, it used to be this way, so it ought to be this way." Their ethos is, "Please go away. Make the future die."
Not much new, but the quote is definitely a succinct way of explaining the position held by some at the major record labels over the past decade. Rather than deal with reality, they just want it to go away.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 6:41am

    Bah, let me know when puppet walt mossberg interviews Moby.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdn0AmdXsGg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 6:59am

    Moby would be much more believable if he wasn't cashing RIAA (or british verision of) checks. He plays exactly as I said, in public they are the cool kids dissing the system, and then they go home and enjoy the life paid for by those lovely residual checks.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:22am

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    If I recall correctly, Moby had an incredibly hard time launching his career until he went out and marketed his music for commercial purposes. He's had plenty of help along the way but he's a fairly self-made musician who identified an untapped market and tapped the hell out of it (remember when ever third commercial on TV had a Moby song in the background?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:29am

    Moby is one of the most ethically responsible artists I have heard about in recent years. As an example, a couple years ago he was approached to have one of his songs in a car ad. He repeatedly refused. Later he realized that the best way to combat what he saw as problems with the automobile industry was to license the song to them then contribute the money he earned to anti auto industry groups. I don't agree with all of his politics, but I have a great deal of respect for how responsibly he supports them.

    Based on this behavior I don't think your accusation is fair. He has shown he backs up his beliefs with actions. Know who you're talking about next time you feel like chiming in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:31am

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    Oh heavens, someone that is playing on both sides of the fence for his own personal benefit. We shouldn't allow such people to exist.

     

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    Robert Fisher, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:32am

    I never could understand why the RIAA did not embrace the movement instead of fighting it. I am sure they did a business analysis to see which would pay them more. I think their analysis was wrong and they should make all of their music available for download. I personally don't like CDs because it is usually 13/14% crap. And the RIAA knows this!

     

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    PeterG, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:43am

    RIAA type groups of entrenched industry reactives, merely fight any change, they don't engage in long term thinking.

    Content industry fought to stop tape recorders and VCRs like they would be Armageddon. Luckily they lost and then made ridiculous amounts of money selling media for these devices.

    They can't even be trusted to act in thier own best interest, let alone ours.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:43am

    Just because he happens to make popular music doesn't mean Moby's insight is not poignant. I would suggest that his degree of experience inside the industry actually makes his opinion more valid than someone who has spent all their time fighting from the outside.

     

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    WammerJammer, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 7:56am

    RIAA

    And I quote 'Rather than deal with reality, they just want it to go away.' Well this is one customer that went away. I only buy indie anymore. They don't know who the royalties go to anyway. No Radio Stations submit Play lists with their royalty payments. BMI, ASCAP and SESAC have no idea who is owed what? So Screw them I don't have to buy their product.

     

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    Krz, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 8:00am

    I don't know about all that but ...

    ... He once tried to get a friend of mine to have sex with him on the floor of a public restroom. When she showed her disgust with the idea, he responded "We can put down a towel".

    True story.

    But yeah ... nuts to the RIAA!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 8:26am

    Re: I don't know about all that but ...

    Really? Well now I like Moby.

     

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    Not Anonymous, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 8:36am

    Re: Ethically Responsible?

    How does refusing to allow your music to be used in an advertisement make you ethically responsible? I'm not sure I understand that.

    Also, what is an "anti auto industry group"?

     

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    aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile), Aug 12th, 2009 @ 10:32am

    Re: I don't know about all that but ...

    To be fair it was a VERY nice towel...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 12th, 2009 @ 10:49am

    Re: Re: I don't know about all that but ...

    "To be fair it was a VERY nice towel..."

    And, depending on the date, there's a good chance he was high.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 11:50am

    Re: I don't know about all that but ...

    Moby's gay.

    Admit it, this story happened to you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 12th, 2009 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Re: Ethically Responsible?

    Moby, like many "artists" is pretty much there for the cash. He is there to be cool. Being cool right now is dissing the RIAA and the like. But in the end, Moby lives his very comfortable life of artist leisure exactly because of groups like the RIAA, copyright, and all those other things.

    Nothing like being two faced.

     

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