The Recording Industry's Grand Plan: Sue Some More

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Just like the MPAA’s new leader, it looks like the RIAA’s grand plan doesn’t include anything that involves actually listening to what their customers are telling them, but rather, it’s all about telling their customers what they’re doing is wrong, wrong, wrong, and you should go to jail for it. In an interview with the RIAA’s top lobbyist, Mitch Glazier, he repeats all of the usual RIAA lines about how important the Induce and Pirate Acts are, how he believes they’re actually winning this battle against file sharing and how any change to the DMCA clarifying “fair use” would somehow be a “terrible precedent.” However, he makes a very telling statement when it’s pointed out to him that for each file sharing network they shut down, another 10, with better security, better filtering and better tools seem to spring up. His response is: “Our job is to make the risks high enough that fewer companies are interested in taking those risks.” Apparently, it’s not their job to see what their customers want and actually offer that. Meanwhile, for all the “risks” they’re trying to add, plenty of others have noticed that every one of the RIAA’s strategies so far, seems to have backfired in some manner when it comes to file sharing.

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TJ says:

Uploaders/sources actually

While the RIAA loves to keep beating the drum that they are going after downloaders, they are in fact going after the people who are sharing files that others can download. There is no practical way for them to track downloaders; but their methods often can find the people whose systems allow others to download files from.

Regardless, their efforts are useless. The quality of big business music has been in sharp decline for nearly a decade. ‘Jagged Little Pill’ was the last great CD I found, circa 1996.

I know this is already discussed often, but it bears repeating: Consumers will only buy so much overpriced crap. Offer and market better music, avoid releasing CDs with only one or two decent tunes, and add value through CD plus DVD extra combos below a $15 price point and sales will improve. Of course sales aren’t actually awful to begin with.

In the meantime, many like me will sample online, buy what they really like, and to Hell with being a member of the zombie minians at the pleasure of the RIAA or MPAA.

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