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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    leaglebob, 2 Feb 2007 @ 7:20am

    Nice discussion, but no dialectic.

    Post 1= Mike--I read your piece with interest but was a bit put-off with its tergiversation. Too transparent, or just a polite yet still dubious exercise in parsing??

    Post 8=Brooks--made me perk up. Analysis! An excellent start at defining the terms, making distinctions, and -what?- making the article better, with the ultimate goal of making copyright law beneficial to society?

    Post Various=Ad hominen attacks. To be expected: ignored but Post 15 demonstrates additional "issues" present through most argumentation, ie, arguing the extreme. "I disagree with your conclusion, therefore everything you have to say is wrong." Surely, there are "some" distinctions between art, artist, producer, promoter, distributor, industry, industry representatives that have different impacts on any given subject of discussion? What percentage of RIAA revenues should flow to "the artist" before their activities are seen to be in support of said artist? If you have no opinion or don't know the numbers, what are you really arguing for?

    Post 22=Mike responds. Mike, do you know the numbers referenced just above? When you say the RIAA does represent "the industry" are you thinking of the artists, or the very distinguishable business model that lives off their creativity? - ie, do you have in mind what you are specifically arguing "for?" From your other posts, I conclude you are "for" the art/artists being supported and having the greatest interaction with the public/fans. Some "industry" is necessary for this process, but does such minimal required involvment support the express purpose of the RIAA? Further distinctions--preventing piracy is a "good thing" but limiting fair-use is not. If the RIAA fails to make this distinction, should they have your goodwill or not?

    Mike, your argument is ambigous at best. When you say "industry" what are you really thinking of? Industry is a big word, big concept and because of that, unavoidably ambiguous. Just about anything can be said of "industry" and be right AND wrong at the same time. Leads to alot of pointless blogging.

    "If I like the product, shouldn't I want the industry to succeed?" Spot the logic errors here. Really!! But let the dialectic continue. //// Bobbo.

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