Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, mix tapes, riaa, streaming music

Companies:
muxtape, riaa



And Another Useful Online Music Service Shut Down By The RIAA

from the one-by-one dept

Ever since it launched, people have waited for the RIAA or its member record labels to go after Muxtape. The site allowed individuals to upload MP3s that they had and create a streaming "mixtape" of music. It was actually a pretty cool way to hear new music from individuals you trusted -- just like sharing mixtapes back in the 80s. You might think that, perhaps, the recording industry would recognize how successful mixtapes were back then in promoting certain bands, and wouldn't freak out about an online version. But, of course, this is the RIAA we're talking about. While the details aren't clear, Muxtape has shut itself down, claiming that it needs to get some stuff sorted out with the RIAA. There is always the possibility that it's doing this to get extra attention, but if we take the company at its word, then it seems likely that the usual pattern is happening. An RIAA label is demanding some ridiculous license fee, and threatening to sue if it doesn't get it. If it's a label like Warner Music, it's probably also demanding equity in the company. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Muxtape ever comes back, and what the details of its "resurrection" will actually be.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Aug 2008 @ 6:41am

    I think you make a misstake . . .

    When you assume somehow the RIAA has some interest in record sales. While it might seem that way becuase they are an industry orginization, it is not really true. The RIAA exists solely to maximize income from royalties, through lobbying or investigation, expose and enforcement. Understand the people at the RIAA make money and get bonuses based on increasing royalty income, they could care less about initial record sales (unless thier is opportunity for royalty recovery).

    The record promotion industry is dead, they know they have no reason to exist anymore. So what you will continue to see is more and more of these desperate cries of a dying industry, who will scratch and claw at every penny on thier way out. What you see now my friends, is the recording industries "exit strategy" as an economically viable industry.

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