Why I Hope The RIAA Succeeds

from the no,-seriously dept

This week's post in the lack of scarcity series is going to be brief, since I'm busy at the latest DEMO show (I'll be doing a post on the interesting trends later). However, I have noticed something in the comments from the series of posts I've done. Plenty of people who seem to agree with what I'm writing make sure to add in something about how they hate the RIAA or the MPAA (sometimes in... well... colorful language). There's also a running assumption that I clearly hate these organizations -- and they equally dislike me.

While I have no clue about their feelings towards me, I should clarify my feelings towards them -- which I would hope is clear from these posts. I do not hate the recording industry or the movie industry. Quite the opposite. I'm a big fan of both music and movies. The point of this series is not to slam the organizations making these moves, but to help them. I hope they succeed, because it would be a lot easier for everyone involved. However, I do believe that their current strategies of alienating their best customers, relying on government protection, and pretending this is some sort of epic battle between good and evil aren't just doomed to fail, they're actively making things worse for themselves. What I write shouldn't be viewed as hatred for these organizations, but suggestions on how they could create for themselves a much bigger and more successful market that doesn't require everyone to hate them. I'm quite confident that the market for entertainment is only going to grow to tremendous levels going forward -- and I believe these organizations have every opportunity to capture quite a bit of it (though, they've been throwing that chance away every day). It's just a matter of recognizing the long-term strategic errors of their ways.

This seems like an obvious point to me, but given some of the discussions and comments, it seemed worth reiterating.

If you're looking to catch up on the posts in the series, I've listed them out below:

Economics Of Abundance Getting Some Well Deserved Attention
The Importance Of Zero In Destroying The Scarcity Myth Of Economics
The Economics Of Abundance Is Not A Moral Issue
A Lack Of Scarcity Has (Almost) Nothing To Do With Piracy
A Lack Of Scarcity Feeds The Long Tail By Increasing The Pie
Why The Lack Of Scarcity In Economics Is Getting More Important Now
History Repeats Itself: How The RIAA Is Like 17th Century French Button-Makers
Infinity Is Your Friend In Economics Step One To Embracing A Lack Of Scarcity: Recognize What Market You're Really In

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    Paranoia Strikes Deep, 30 Jan 2012 @ 8:36pm

    Re: someone to hate

    "Someone above said Karma prevails... they are biting the hand that feeds them"

    Someone else mentioned Nine Inch Nails. XD

    I can see one of those Mafiaa execs entertaining a dialogue like --

    SCENE: Montgomery Burns' office, where Burns is discussing the "proper punishment" of "copyright violators" who infringe on the ironclad patents of the Burns-Sec media empire.

    The room is cloaked in darkness, save for the eerie, devilish glow of a roaring fire and the dim light of a row of computer monitors on a wall behind the desk at the front of the room where Burns sits.

    His faithful assistant Smithers stands just in front of the office door, at the other side of the room, across from Burns' desk. Burns sits facing the wall, back turned, gleefully watching the monitors as Smithers readies to leave for the day...

    Burns: Nine inch nails -- driven into the eye sockets of the, uh, 'dread pirate robbers.' A most excellent weapon of choice, isn't it, Smithers?

    (Smithers nods)
    Smithers: Uh, y-yes, sir.
    (Smithers taps his fingers together, shifts his eyes downward, and clenches his teeth. His hands shake as he steps backwards towards the door, reaching for the doorknob, remembering the Wikileaks mirror at home he needs to rush back and encrypt.)

    (Burns jerks the seat around. His eyes widen, and he stares 'nine-inch daggers' at Smithers.)
    Burns: And a most excellent reference to "The Princess Bride," wasn't it, Smithers? "Inconceivable," in fact!
    (Burns laughs.)

    Smithers: Well, yes -- but that's a copyrighted film, sir --

    Burns (lunging forward): Nevermind!

    Smithers: Uh -- uh -- that, sir, was Nirvana.

    (One of the computers beeps. A piracy haven has been identified at the Simpsons' residence)

    Burns: Yes... it certainly will be, when those thieves burn in hell.

    (Burns turns the chair back around -- slowly -- chuckling evilly as the room fades to black)

    Burns: Welcome to Paradise.

    (Smithers rushes out, closes the door behind him, and wipes his brow. Bart Simpson, wearing a Pirate Bay t-shirt, skateboards down the hall and almost knocks into Smithers.)

    Bart: Uh, hey, dude, you forgot to mention --

    Smithers: (frustrated sigh) What?

    Bart (laughs): That was Green Day.

    (Smithers grabs Bart and chokes him.)

    --- END SCENE ---

    Oh, snap, I think that was a fan-fic screenplay. I'm in copyright hell now, I guess...

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