RIAA Believes The Silent Majority Support Them
from the this-sounds-familiar... dept
There are increasing similarities between SCO and the RIAA these days. Despite the amount of loud backlash to SCO attempt to take down Linux, SCO insisted that it was all orchestrated by a thieving IBM and that “the silent majority” supported them. Now, the RIAA is saying almost exactly the same thing. They’ve come up with their own study, which they say proves the public supports them in their quest to sue their customers. Of course, since the RIAA created the survey themselves, you can imagine how the question was phrased. I’ll take a stab at it: “Do you think the music industry should sue thieves and pirates who are stealing their music, in order to make sure that they can continue to make the music you love?” For someone who doesn’t understand the issues, it’s pretty obvious what they’re going to answer. However, someone else could just as easily turn it around and change around a few loaded words to the other side and ask: “Do you think the music industry is being heavy handed in suing children for millions of dollars, when they just want to be able to listen to a song they love?” I imagine the results would be a bit different. Clearly, these are two extremes, but even a subtler set of questions would yield very different results. When even musicians are saying that the RIAA has gone too far “in their name” you have to wonder if the “silent majority” is really limited to “people related to music industry execs”.