Home Forums General Discussions Open Topic Why the RIAA owes us all an apology Re: Why the RIAA owes us all an apology



I haven’t pieced through this line by line yet. Just had a chance to peruse it during lunch. I did instantly decide it will be good copy for a persuasive speech for school. I was hoping to focus in on how the whole Napster thing could be beneficial to consumers and how the pieces are already in place to more fully realize it and act.

The folks at FreakScene hit this sitch up pretty well on the Moby thread a few weeks back. Now this article confirms the fact something must be done to bring the industry and the consumers into mutual benefit. If selfish profit-driven displays of unthoughfulness like the most recent garbage above continues, the black market is likely to become so pervasive that artists may not want to work in this conventional setting.

On one hand, I can relate to the initial concern of the industry group, but I think, just like the Firestone mess, they are more interested and casting blame and finding scapegoats for their money-grubbing and the continual losses they experience as a result.

If the industry was willing to inventory their resource materials and costs and be willing to explore cheaper means of production in along with forming alliances and partnerships with the Mp3 organizations to help offset distribution and associated costs (ala Machina from Smashing Pumpkins), and the cojoining industries could drop unit costs on store-bought albums by offering certain cuts online with hit count profts and such going back to the conglomeration.

If you look at Russia’s black market for household goods, the picture is quire scary. I for one, do not want to see CD’s go up to $50.00 per and have to deal with mafia-types for a reasonable deal. The answers are going to have to come from within, yet it will never happen if the industry continues to manifest a social labeling theory by likening traders to criminals. The only result of this, is I am afraid, is the traders living up to the imposed stereotypes and the industry using the courts as a sword to punish.