Uploader Of Guns 'N Roses Album Never Forced To Do RIAA Propaganda; So He Tells The Truth Instead

from the well-how-about-that dept

A year ago, we wrote about the ridiculous situation involving Kevin Cogill, who was sentenced to two months of house arrest. We noted, at the time, that part of the agreement was also that he would produce propaganda for the RIAA. However, a year has passed and he never did the propaganda recording... and he's no longer required to do it. Instead, he's doing interviews where he's saying that people involved in file sharing can get "F'd in the A" by the RIAA. Not quite what the RIAA expected, I guess.

Amusingly, the RIAA's response was that it chose not to have Cogill make the propaganda tapes because of the "unnecessarily high production costs." Leave it to the RIAA -- the organization that pays its boss over $2 million and spends millions on lawsuits that bring nothing back -- to think it's too expensive to record a guy talking. But, perhaps it's telling. Maybe the folks at the RIAA really don't recognize the revolution in recording equipment that makes it rather cheap to record things these days. No wonder their strategy has been so screwed up!


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    Followthru, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 8:47am

    Couldn't pry a hundred bucks out of RIAA petty cash for a Flip video camera, huh?

    Maybe they were worried he'd blink out his 'f'd in the a by the riaa' message in Morse code?

    Maybe they just forgot?

     

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    interval (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:02am

    If I were the RIAA I wouldn't be very concerned about people sharing GNR either.

     

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    average_joe (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:13am

    I think that kid is lucky he didn't do time.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:15am

    Voice recorder $50 dollars
    Guy does propaganda Free

    Telling the world you are too cheap to afford to use your own assets but instead use the assets of the government? Priceless.

     

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    Mark (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:16am

    Copyright Issues

    That is why the RIAA didn't make the propaganda tapes. They would be downloaded so that other people could make them accessible to the Masses which would violate copyright. Then the RIAA would be in the position of potentially suing someone who is spreading the word about how worthwhile and wonderful the RIAA is. Even THEY saw what a PR nightmare that would be...

     

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    mike allen (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:43am

    mmmm it would be expensive if the RIAA still use old fashioned tape.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 10:22am

    I wonder if the RIAA blames the crappy sales of "Chinese Democracy" on him too?

    RIAA:
    "If Mr Cogill would not have pre-released the record to the leeches of the file sharing community we could have potentially sold another 100 copies of that crap"

     

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    Toby Sullivan, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 10:29am

    It wasn't the recording equipment that was too expensive, they just couldn't afford a writer with enough talent to produce a script that made the RIAA sound good.

     

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    BruceLD, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 10:44am

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    If they forced a guy to make a statement, it would seem like when t*rrorists capture people, forcing them to read their propaganda with their hands tied behind their back and bombs strapped around their body with guns held to their head by captors wearing bandannas.

    This is pretty much how the RIAA would want the world to be. In an ideal world they would have their jihadists put crosshairs on our politicians forcing them to change the laws so that the RIAA can do whatever they want, and forcing our government officials and the presses to read/publish their propaganda.

    Oops, too late. They already do this. *sigh*

     

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    Kevin Carson, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 11:42am

    Nullifying your own propaganda

    I wonder what would happen if someone recorded the RIAA's propaganda--meanwhile recording and distributing as widely as possible another set of videos saying that everything in the RIAA propaganda was a lie that he was forced to regurtigate, and systematically fisking all the Copyright Nazis' bullshit arguments.

    Is there any express stipulation in the sentence that would prohibit that? And if so, how about doing so afterward when the house arrest or probation is over?

     

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    James, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 2:02pm

    Hmm..

    Considering how little we heard of that album, GNR should consider themselves lucky even one person would want to download their album.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 17th, 2010 @ 1:41am

    "Friends don't let friends get F'd in the A by the RIAA!"

    Nice!!!!!!!!!

     

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