RIAA Response To Gary Shapiro
from the FUD dept
Last month we posted a story about how Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association blasted the music industry, saying that downloading is neither illegal or immoral. Well, the RIAA has finally sent out one of their angrier spokespeople, Cary Sherman to respond in the typical, misleading manner of the RIAA. I find it especially amusing that he completely trashes Shapiro in fairly mean terms (and suggests that no one else supports him) and then tries to say that "last thing we need" is more "overheated and polarizing rhetoric". That's like saying, "you're a complete jerk, but I'm above any name calling". However, more to the point, Sherman is the one who is wrong in many of his arguments. He makes the huge mistake of saying that sharing a song is the same as stealing a dress from a store, saying that both are "depriving [the artist] of a potential sale". What Sherman doesn't seem to understand is the idea that every transaction, in some way deprives someone of a potential sale. If I go into a music store, and buy a CD of one artist, I've just deprived every other artist of that potential sale. In fact, I've also deprived the bookstore down the street, the clothing store next door, the pizza shop around the corner, and every other place in the world of a potential sale by choosing to put my dollars towards this one CD. The "depriving an artist of a potential sale" doesn't hold much weight.