You know, the naysayers crack me up on this one. 20 yrs ago I used a dot matrix monochrome printer and there was effectively no internet, 20 yrs from now, all you will need is the digital file of the object you want to create and the raw materials. $30K is out of the price range of the ordinary consumer, sure. But the cost of electronics always goes down. My dad paid over $1000 for our first vcr in 1979. So if you can get a vcr now for $40, then in 20 years you should be able to get a very nice 3d printer for under $1000.
Times change my friend. It's not like musicians had it better in "the good ol' days". Frankly, most artists never made much money from disc sales anyway. Now, at least, there are more options for non-superstar musicians to make a living too.
In addition to the demographic of who has landlines anymore, I believe there is also a psychological component. As in, who takes the time to actually be polled? I know that most people I know wouldn't.
BTW, you people need to quit whining. This is absolutely NOT the sort of thing the government needs to be involved in. Nobody forces you to watch TV, plus you have a remote and a DVR. Our government has much more important issues to mess up.
This going to be harder to enforce than people think, unless congress consults with audiologists and acoustic engineers to craft a very technically concise bill.
If all of the commercial is only as loud as the loudest parts of a TV show or movie, is it really louder? Will they have a clause specifying whether the volume is averaged or RMS? Different people's ears perceive different frequencies as louder or more annoying. How loud is a commercial in relation to say, a Lifetime movie as compared to Terminator 2? If they don't put in precise technical language, it's perhaps possible that a commercial could just stay at a sustained volume slightly (.01db?) below that of the loudest parts of the adjacent programming and still be in compliance.
Haha, I have been telling people for years that all of these new commercials sound like they are ripping off Sigur Ros. That being said, they might have a case, at least as much as Satriani supposedly has-I don't know what the legal threshold is for appropriating someone else's vibe...
He obviously doesn't really know what a CC license really is. His generalized assumptions are not based in fact. That said, another legacy player who feels entitled to the status quo in a disrupted marketplace.