Latest Entertainment Industry Struggles

from the put-'em-all-together dept

Figured we might as well start combining some of the articles discussing just how badly the entertainment industry keeps missing the boat. First, we have the usual dire report from the music industry saying that file sharing is killing their business. When people point out that they’re not producing very much good music any more, the industry just says “yes, but that has nothing to do with it… it’s all those damn kids and their music stealing.” What’s funny is that with all the efforts going around for people to “boycott the RIAA”, if that has any effect, it looks like the industry is just going to blame the decrease in sales on file sharing. You get the feeling that the recording industry would blame the greenhouse effect on file sharing if they could get away with it. Meanwhile, Hollywood is increasing their efforts to prevent their industry from following in the music industry’s footsteps. However, as expected, their attitude is just as backwards, and the end results are likely to be just as bad. The one good thing they’ve done, however, is realize that they needed to lower the price on legitimate DVDs to compete (something the music industry is just barely starting to experiment with). However, instead of realizing that watching movies is a social entertainment experience, and figuring out ways to enhance the live experience of watching a movie – they’re trying the “education” route where they tell people “file sharing is bad!” It’s the same strategy the music industry has been trying – and it simply doesn’t work. Most people recognize, intuitively, that file sharing is not the same as theft and any message telling them it is, is pretty clearly seen as propaganda. Meanwhile, on the other side of the legal equation, some folks in Massachusetts have set up a site to raise money for those who are being threatened by the RIAA. If you think that these people have been treated unfairly, feel free to help them out.

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muso says:

Re: Re: This boggles me.

Yes it is important, but hearing the same argument repeated over and over is getting very tedious. We agree with you Mike and we understand. Now make a page with the rant on it and every time you feel the words “business model” coming to your finger tips, just make a link labelled “usual rant”…..

Precision Blogger (user link) says:

Sorry, file sharing does NOT cuase the greenhouse

The RIAA mightlike to blame the G.E. on P2P, but fortunately commonsense says the opposite. Consider both downloadinga a file and the alternative of getting in your car, driving to the store, buying a CD and throwing away the wrapper. Guess which one produces unnecessary emissions? (Let’s assume the person downloading the file has a good digestive system.)
– The Precision Blogger

eman says:

Re: Sorry, file sharing does NOT cuase the greenho

Sorry but this is not a good argument. The amount of electricity needed to run the computers and networks involved in file sharing is huge and this has to be produced somehow and it is typically produced by extrememly polluting, high emission power stations. Also the production of the equipment involved is also amazingly polluting, much more so than manufacturing cars. Using computers does casue pulltion, in large quantitites.

Mike W. says:

RIAA File Sharing

If any of you out there are old enough to remember, this argument from the RIAA goes all the way back to the sixties. Back then the problem was this new technology called cassette tapes. The RIAA said it would kill the industry and tried to sue manufactures like Sony, GE etc.
I remember watching an interview with Ringo Star in 1973 where he complained that his newest album wasn?t selling because one kid would buy it and record it for all his friends. If that were true why didn?t any songs from his album get any air time on the radio? Possibly his album sucked. Or as we used to say back then, ?It sucked man.?

In the late seventies, the music industry got a clue. They produced albums that had three to five decent songs (out of twelve). Some radio stations across the country were called album rock or album stations. They played several songs from an album not just the one top hit.

Then came CD?s. The RIAA had built up a war chest and threatened to sue any company that came out with this new technology that would kill the music industry. They sued Sony and lost. Then they realized that this was a technology that would eventually kill the cassette and they embraced it since people wanted their music on disc and not tape.
The industry fell back into one hit albums and one hit wonders.
The music industry had a good run with CD?s until the late eighties when CD burners came out (before personal computers). As usual they took their war chest and threatened to sue any company that came out with a CD player that would also burn CD?s. As usual they sued Sony and lost.

Now we have file sharing. And the RIAA claims it will kill the industry. The same argument they had with cassette tapes and CD burners. My standards for buying an album (yes I?m so old I still call them albums) haven?t changed in forty years. If there are less than three decent songs, I pass. If there are four or more decent songs, I fork over the cash even if someone offers to record it for me.

Am I the only one who does this? Look at the demographics of Eminem?s fans. They are the core of the fileshares profile. Yet when he comes out with a new album, he sells millions. Why isn?t one person buying the album and sharing it with the rest of the world. Because it?s a decent album (by rap standards) and people want to pay money for it. If more musicians would do this, the RIAA could go back to building up their war chest and suing Sony.

Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Re: RIAA File Sharing

You forgot DAT.

People got to liking digitally recorded music on their CDs and someone came out with a way to make cheap digital tape recordings of the music on CDs and the RIAA claimed it would kill the industry.

They yelled and screamed and waved their arms in the air and by the time they finally reached an agreement on what could and couldn’t be done with DAT, Sony had snuck around and launched mini-disc recorders and then CD-recorders prices hit affordable levels and DAT ended up dying a long-drawn out death because it was no longer needed.

The RIAA did have one victory, but probably not the way they intended. Let’s hope it’s their last.

Anonymous Coward says:

America is fscked in the head about IP and propert

Dude, I live in a country where CD rentals are legal and you don’t see any organizations bitching and moaning about lost sales due to kids ripping the music from rental CDs.

Hell, in Canada (not the country I live in), P2P is legal.

The mindset that copying is illegal is only prevalent in the US (although it’s starting to happen in EU countries as well).

This simple fact (that the US is fscked in the head about copying music) will doom the RIAA to miserable failure while making many people’s live absolutely miserable. P2P is global and the Recording Industry Artists of AMERICA is not.

My solution to the “American P2P problem” would be to make CD rentals legal in North America. Perhaps this would open the eyes of the essentially blind American public while still allowing the music industry to exist.

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