Say That Again

by Mike Masnick

Janis Ian On Music Downloads

from the a-voice-of-reason dept

It looks like this article has been around for a bit, and I did just find it on Slashdot (which I know seems to annoy one or two people), but it's well written, interesting, and completely worth posting. It's an article written by Grammy award winning (though, she points out it's unlikely the Grammys will ever nominate her for anything again) singer-songwriter Janis Ian pointing out just how wrong the music industry has been in presenting their side of the debate on downloading music. She clearly explains why, for most artists, file sharing and music downloads help them much more than hurt them. The most interesting thing, to me, is at the beginning of the article she added a section talking about how Hilary Rosen and others in the music industry immediately contacted her following the publication of the article and tried to refute her points. She goes through all of their arguments, one by one, and disproves them (often with a bit of sarcasm). Absolutely worth reading. My favorite quote: "If you think about it, the music industry should be rejoicing at this new technological advance! Here's a fool-proof way to deliver music to millions who might otherwise would never purchase a CD in a store. The cross-marketing opportunities are unbelievable. It's instantaneous, costs are minimal, shipping non-existant... a staggering vehicle for higher earnings and lower costs. Instead, they're running around like chickens with their heads cut off, bleeding on everyone and making no sense."

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    LittleW0lf, 9 Jul 2002 @ 5:08pm

    Record Industry Woes

    Mike, I am glad you posted this even though it was on Slashdot (I don't hang out on Slashdot for exactly the same reason I hate a particular Anonymous Coward's rants, some people have a right to their own opinion, but nobody has a right to attempt to silence anyone elses opinion.)

    I think this article is so well written that it is almost impeachable. The author did such a good job formulating their opinion with undeniable facts that it is difficult to understand why anyone would try to argue with them (beyond the normal reason of FUD.) The Recording Industry is trying so hard to cloud the issues right now, to attempt to push the blame off of them for bad management and uncontrolled corporate greed and on to the "pirate" that it is all becoming blurry even for those of us aware of the true issues.

    With all these artists coming forward to fight the Record Industry, I am confused why anyone is even listening to the Record Industry any more. Obviously politicians will continue to listen, because they only care about campaign contributions, but I wonder how much of the average consumer population still listens to and believes anything the Recording Industry says. Certainly nobody I know...I've heard everyone from 6 year-olds to 90 year-olds badmouth the Recording Industry and their close-minded attack on anything that stands in their "preceived" way of making trillions off us poor, criminal consumers.

    Well, except Anonymous Coward, who still seems to think I am an evil hacker pirate just because I have something contrary to say about the Recording Industry...even though I have never downloaded a single copyrighted song off (Nap|Aim|Grek|Fluk|Puke|Pop|Kill|Orc|*)ster.

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    the captain, 10 Jul 2002 @ 7:33am

    Excellent article!

    Mike, that was arguably the BEST article you've ever posted since I started reading your site (and I've always thought most of the stuff you linked to was pretty good to excellent...). Well thought out, well written and terribly persuasive...its definitely something that I'm going to bookmark and pass on to anyone who isn't really clear on the debate between RIAA vs Joe Sixpack.

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