The RIAA Was For Freedom Of Speech Before It Was Against It

from the say-what-now? dept

Reader Noah was surfing the RIAA's web site recently, when he found something odd. Under the "About" section, between "services" and "licensing", there's what appears to be a totally out of place section defending free speech rights, in which it claims that the RIAA "takes an uncompromising stand against censorship and for the First Amendment rights of all artists to create freely. From the nation's capital to state capitals across the country, RIAA works to stop unconstitutional action against the people who make the music of our times--and those who enjoy it." It also quotes the First Amendment.
Considering that the RIAA is one of the leading backers of PROTECT IP and SOPA, which would look to undermine the First Amendment and place massive regulations on the internet, especially harming those who make music in new ways, such as via sampling and mashups, this all rings a little hollow. Of course, if you click through to the details (which still don't explain why this section is in the "About" category), it appears that what the RIAA means as "free speech rights," is the rights of minors to buy their music. Ah, that kind of First Amendment...


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:25am

    "it appears that what the RIAA means as "free speech rights," is the rights of minors to buy their music."

    That's nothing new, they've been claiming this for years.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:29am

    C**ts.

    That is all

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:30am

    Only for artists

    The double-standard here is that they only want free speech for artists.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:30am

    As always

    RIAA definition of Free Speech: our right to express ourselves and our right to make you shut the hell up while we express ourselves in any manner we see fit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:38am

    RIAA: We stand up for free speech... until we change our minds that is.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:38am

    This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

    Kind of wormy. Read your own 'About' page and get back on track.

     

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      MrWilson, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:47am

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      Please cite exactly where in the About page that Mike has stated something that he has since gone in the exact opposite direction regarding.

      It's not a valid comparison to say, "this is a tech blog, but we talk about copyright a lot" is the same as, "we are for freedom of speech except when we're for censorship."

       

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      Marcus Carab (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:51am

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      About Techdirt:

      the Techdirt blog uses a proven economic framework to analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow.

      Where's the problem exactly?

       

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      Rikuo (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:53am

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      Your comment to attack Mike is so rushed that again, you've only made yourself look the fool.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 10:20am

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      Kind of wormy.

      maybe kind of techwormy rolling about in techdirt?

       

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      jeremy7600 (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 10:39am

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      The about page specifically states "analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow."

      Guess what, every article ever posted on Techdirt is about exactly those things.

      Simply because it doesn't deal with whatever it is *you* think this blog is only about, doesn't mean the OWNER of the blog can't put whatever he wants on the blog.

      The above being said, government policy, technology AND legal issues are whats discussed here. Hate to break it to you, but calling someone wormy and asking them to read their own page shows just how much you fail at reading comprehension. And on top of that, you don't even make a case. You just state your opinion as if it were fact and leave it at that.

      All you need to remember for the future is government policy, technology and legal issues. If you don't have the comprehension to understand what those three things mean, remedial education may be in order.

      And again, no one is forcing you to read the articles here. The problem is between your ears, not sitting at the CEO's desk of Floor 64.

       

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      hmm (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 2:01pm

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      By 'wormy' I take it you mean Mike managed to worm his way into the heart of the RIAA/MPAA and their employees in congress (pretty much most of them) and wriggle around until he uncovers what they're REALLY up to with our elected officials?

      Nothing wrong with worms my friend, they help to aerate the dark places that some people would prefer remain in darkness.

       

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      The Devil's Coachman (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 5:24pm

      Re: This piece isn't just lame, it's legless.

      Try not being such a twat, will you? just once? You hopeless, vapid twat!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:39am

    Sure you can have free speech in a dictatorship that censors the opposition.

    The dictator gives you the right to say whatever speech the dictator wants you to say! And if you say something the dictator doesn't want you to say the dictator has you thrown in handcuffs and put in jail for the next few decades without trial as a political dissident/traitor.

    Isn't that what free speech is all about, the right to say what those in power want you to say?

     

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      nasch (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 8:16pm

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      The dictator gives you the right to say whatever speech the dictator wants you to say!

      Exactly. Any other speech is illegal, and therefore it's OK to censor it.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:45am

    I'm all for stopping SOPA and covering this issue but Techdirt you've begun boring me to tears on this subject. It's become almost comical in its repetition. It's all you talk about anymore and you are on the endangered list on my RSS feed.

     

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    ScytheNoire, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 9:52am

    Notification Memo

    In case you weren't aware, America had a slogan change from "Land of the Free" to "Land of Hypocrisy". Please adjust your expectations accordingly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 10:16am

    They just want to protect THEIR freedom of speech and to create. Its makes them money when Rhianna's new song about being a sex slave does not get censored for depravity. (I don't think it is Im just creating a scene here). But when that same freedom that they and their artists have suddenly I am a pirate who is stealing from them when all I have really done is disagree with their position.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 10:48am

    The RIAA is a strong proponent of the freedom of speech, and has taken this stance for decades. However, it is possible to be for freedom of speech while being against the unlawful dissemination of speech as to which copyright pertains. These are not inconsistent positions, but it takes more than broad generalizations to appreciate why this is the case.

     

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      Beech, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 11:14am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 10:48am

      The people here generally aren't opposed to companies protecting their copyrights. The problem is that these new bills have huge potential to be abused to the point of censoring those who are not actively engaged in infringement.

      That said, it makes it look like the riaa is for the first amendment until they decide its hurting their bottom line.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 12:18pm

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      It takes blindness, deafness and mutness to understand that position.

       

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    Psyga Sanichigo (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 12:21pm

    Oh Hai Hypocrites!

    I sure like how you're so spineless. You say you're all for freedom when you even considered suing boy scouts for using Happy Birthday.

    You people make me sick.

     

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    heyidiot (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 1:10pm

    Just a typo

    In the last paragraph, just take out the "un" in "uncompromising" and their position becomes perfectly consistent.

     

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    hmm (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 1:59pm

    well

    RIAA stands for free speech, but you have to pay $12.99 for the dvd its recorded on!

     

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    The Devil's Coachman (profile), Nov 22nd, 2011 @ 5:28pm

    In other news, RIAA execs have not been found guilty........

    of fondling young boys and girls in recording studios.........yet. Now that the seeds of doubt have been planted, they will feel compelled to deny it furiously until just one case surfaces, and then go into spin control. Just like always.

     

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