RIAA Says Lawsuits Are Working Out Great

from the it's-all-a-publicity-campaign dept

News.com is running an interview with Cary Sherman from the RIAA, where they’re giving him a bunch of softball questions about the lawsuits. He basically says they don’t care if this makes them look bad, because the whole point is to get attention and get people talking about the issue of file sharing. Well, in that he’s succeeded. However, if the article we posted earlier about kids’ thoughts on the lawsuits is any indication – all that “talking” isn’t such a good thing for the recording industry. People are talking and realizing that these lawsuits are going too far. It’s making people realize all of the problems with the music industry, and why they want a legal method to share music instead of being forced into supporting an obsolete business model. Sherman suggests they’re going to keep suing to keep the discussion going – but he might want to take a look at the direction that discussion is headed in.

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Anonymous Coward says:

No Subject Given

Actually, it probably is working out like they’d hoped. It’s gotten significant attention now. Probably more than a few parents are checking thier kids computer habits. Nobody wants to get involved in a lawsuit regardless of whether it has merit or not.

Hopefully RIAA will simply use this as a method to ‘stop the bleeding’ while they figure out how to capitalize on P2P because whether they like it or not, it just isn’t going to go away.


LittleW0lf says:

Re: Re: No Subject Given

Also, whether or not it has an impact on file sharing, the real question is how much of an impact does it have on revenue – and that’s going to be the interesting point.

I haven’t purchased a single CD, either from the independents or from the majors, since this whole thing began several months ago. But I am not banning the indies, I just haven’t heard any good bands out there on the indie scene yet. The majors have lost a customer (as from now on, all music from the majors will be bought used, to screw them over twice.)

As said many times before, I have never used napster, kazaa, or any other music trading service, as I have friends and occasionally they have new music I haven’t heard of playing at their house that I am interested in, which I usually buy shortly afterwards. But I still think music sharing, while “illegal”, is a great free-market advertising scheme that the Nazis running the majors haven’t quite gotten their grasp around yet. Nobody buys music they haven’t heard already, at least nobody I know.

westpac says:

Re: Re: Re: No Subject Given

I could count on two hands the number of CDs I’ve bought without having heard some of the content first. I don’t download music but I usually go to the used CD store first when I am looking for something I want or check the used CDs on Amazon.com. I think I’ve bought one new CD in the last eight or nine months. And for eighteen bucks it was a serious letdown. Except for the one song getting all the airplay it was a major disappointment. If the RIAA wants to “stop the bleding” they need to release quality music instead of pimping boy bands and Britney Spears clones whose music is so generic it seems to be generated by a computer.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 No Subject Given

You last line is the truest of all even though the music industry doesn’t want to hear it. It’s the lack of quality music that’s killing their sales, not the file sharing which probably has neglible impact when ‘things are going well.’

Here’s the biggest difference I’ve noticed over the last 20+ years (or my childhood days to my now parenting days) … when I was a kid, my parents were buying almost as much music as I was. The music was such that there was appealing new music to a 20 – 30 year age gap. Today my kids buy music but I seldom pick up anything new simply because what’s new has no appeal. Sorry justin and brittany, 50 cent, etc etc. Compared to the choice of music my parents had versus what I see my choices are today, I understand why less is being sold.


Milnesy says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Purchasing used CDs...

No where have I ever heard or read that it’s illegal in buying USED cds from a USED CD store. How’s that work? I mean, one would figure that if the RIAA and the mongrels weren’t getting paid for the CD that was bought a second time, they’d be all up in arms (esp. when there was money changing hands) …

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