</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><hr><font>Originally posted by rosa:
<strong>Why IS the government so interested in shutting this down? What’s in it for them? Are they really sitting in the pocket of the music business? Because I find that hard to believe. I thought it was all big accounting firms, oil, electric, and guns.
You know? Like Allison said, why spend so much time on this one issue when there are larger concerns at hand? Does the recording industry really constitute a significant percentage of political support? Or do the feds hope that cracking down on file-sharing will be a first step toward regulating other online enterprises?
rosa</strong></font><hr></blockquote><font>Money. $$$. The all american Green Back. Look at the companies that are part of the RIAA. They do have the politicians ear. CD sales have fallen in the last 5 years, and the RIAA is blaming it all on music swapping, rather than the actual cause (IMO), which is CRAPPY manufactured music. Is it me or does godsmack sound like AIC, and the Linkin Parks, Limp Bizcits, etc.. all sound the FREAKING same.
The RIAA wants to make sure that they are part of the sharing. Charging monthly fees for downloads, etc.. They feel they are missing out on a large chunk of $$.
I do not think the Feds are in this to regulate online enterprises, but the RIAA has made the case that digital sharing violates copyright laws, which makes it a federal issue.
Maybe it is time to revisit the copyright laws?