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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  1. identicon
    Jim (a different Jim), 19 Aug 2008 @ 9:26am

    Re: To Jim...

    That's simply not true. I don't buy CD's anymore, and I don't download music either. Come to think of it - I don't even download the music that is free to download (though I did add Girl Talk to one of my Pandora stations).

    The straw that broke the camel's back for me was in 2004 when my web server deleted all of my mp3s (even though they were legal, password protected, and only streamed by me). I travel too much and use too many different machines to use physical media to store something I want access to. I don't want to have to deal with physical storage and I can't store it on the web.... that is when I decided "owning" music became too much hassle.

    Solution: I just use Pandora or SomaFm. I get to listen to music I like anywhere conveniently and I continuously find shows to go to (any working bands out there - make sure you use Pandora's "on tour" feature). I probably average $40 on concert tickets per week (between my girlfriend and I).

    Long story short: you are wrong. There are many music fans that don't buy or download music, and the RIAA's legal tactics are a big part of why.

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