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RIAA nails 1,000 music-lovers in 'new Prohibition'

Discussion in 'News' started by slightly, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. slightly

    slightly Member

    Joined: Jul 19, 2003 Messages: 345 Likes Received: 0
    The Recording Industry Association of America's attack on US culture has escalated at an alarming pace this week.

    On Friday the lobby group that works on behalf of the large, mostly foreign-owned, music conglomerates that own the music copyrights and distribution channels confirmed that it was serving subpoenas at the rate of 75 a day on US citizens for the crime of sharing the music they love.

    This signals a change of tactics for the RIAA: as now each individual file sharer is potentially responsible for thousands of dollars in damages. Once they were shielded by ISPs, but in the wake of the Verizon case, individuals are now exposed to direct intimidation. The RIAA is beside itself with glee: and boasted that a thousand music-lovers had already been busted.

    The escalation in violence threatens to bring the US criminal justice system to an impasse: although the prison industry is already full to the brim, the RIAA's actions make new criminals out of tens of millions of ordinary US citizens. As Boycott-RIAA's founder Bill Evans notes, "there are more file-sharers than voters for either candidate at the last Presidential Election".

    When Evans dubs the 'Recording Incarceration Industry of America' he's only half-joking. If the RIAA was to be indulged in its whims, the statistics suggest that the USA would rapidly become a vast, continent-wide penal colony. And that's hardly a beacon of liberty to shine on the rest of the world. Particularly when, with the backing of the much-maligned US military, the RIAA is ripping up liberal social copyright laws and replacing them with its own.

    Not surprisingly, this has provoked a deep counter-reaction which is finally, and belatedly, taking to the streets. On August 1 and 2, Boycott-RIAA and affiliated groups will be holding anti-RIAA rallies across the country.

    Well, here's your alarm call. While it may seem to be invincible, the RIAA is desperately vulnerable: and it knows it. It's under threat of anti-competitive lawsuits, its key DC placemen are under fierce scrutiny ... and the mass criminalization of innocent US citizens is a most coercive step citizens have seen since the Prohibition era.

    But can you compel your neighbor to give up lawnmowing, or weblogging, for long enough to make a real difference? Well, read them this attack on family values

    I cannot accept that the "Land of the Free" is accepting the nonsense propounded by the RIAA.

    This desire to fine and litigate is becoming pervasive and foolishly assumes that you can modify normal human behaviour with LAW.

    Firstly - all art forms are like children in that the creative urge is similar to the urge to reproduce. If we accept this analogy then it follows that as you do not own your children for their entire life you cannot expect to own your art for it's entire life. In fact, if the rules currently in force where in place in the earlier part of the last century then many films could not have been made and much music could not have been produced. Music belongs to us all.
  2. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    so it begins...
  3. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    i dont see why people are so upset.

    you are stealing.
  4. slightly

    slightly Member

    Joined: Jul 19, 2003 Messages: 345 Likes Received: 0
    this shits just a little harsh thats all im saying, all i download is like jay z or mainstream stuff i dont sit and try to find rare copies of mixtapes or anything.

    the thing i hate about this orginization though, is that you cannot play more than two songs within the same hour by the same artist on internet radio stations, fuck that. That restricts my radio show so fuckin much.
  5. bodice_ripper

    bodice_ripper Elite Member

    Joined: May 10, 2000 Messages: 3,195 Likes Received: 25

    pfft. I am just BRIMMING OVER with sympathy for the music industry. those people have put every available resource into pushing lightweight, forgettable, disposable music on the market, and then are shocked to find that people veiw music as disposable and without (financial) worth?

    Fuck Them. I hope this brings down the music industry, and we are forced to listen to music made by friends and locally.
  6. mapo returns

    mapo returns Member

    Joined: May 4, 2003 Messages: 687 Likes Received: 0
    just because you think of it as 'forgettable, disposable' doesnt mean everybody does.

    alot of people probably think that about a Tupac album fits that description. however, i think it is the exact opposite. and thats just one example.

    you would like to be 'forced to listen to music made by friends and locally'. what the fuck? you would like the world as a whole to be 'forced' into listening to a certain thing? thats dumb as fuck.

    nobody 'forced' you to listen or buy the albums you deem unworthy, so quit your whining - i thought you left 12oz anyway? you make a Tease post seem like a cozy blanket on a winter night.
  7. bodice_ripper

    bodice_ripper Elite Member

    Joined: May 10, 2000 Messages: 3,195 Likes Received: 25
    perhaps you have so far avoided some of the Sclub 7 style shite that's in overdrive of late, but no matter, give you time

    I'm glad my post irritates you. I have been on here on and off all along. I thought YOU said YOU were leaving. But then, I suppose you also said you were black.... :)

    kiss kiss
  8. Kyuzo

    Kyuzo Banned

    Joined: Mar 13, 2003 Messages: 585 Likes Received: 0
    incase you guys didn't know, the riaa is currently testing small nuclear devices which they plan to use on file sharers later this year
  9. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    im going to download some music
  10. mapo returns

    mapo returns Member

    Joined: May 4, 2003 Messages: 687 Likes Received: 0
    nice job completely avoiding my counter-argument. give me a list of bands you like, i bet theyre all shit. but that doesnt mean a dumb bitch like yourself shouldnt be allowed to buy it. but youre obviously far too stupid and just generally fucked up to understand and carry on an intelligent debate.

    oh and i am black, honey. i know a few people on here try to question me since i dont seem to have the sterotypical, 'hate the white man, vote democrat' attitude - which by the way isnt all that realistic outside of pop culture, but thats another thread.

    maybe sometime soon ill post a pic of myself just to cut all the bullshit.
  11. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    If they don't want people downloading music, they shouldn't charge $30 for a CD. Fuck them, I agree with bodice 100%. I'll keep doing it until they're banging on my door.....
  12. mapo returns

    mapo returns Member

    Joined: May 4, 2003 Messages: 687 Likes Received: 0
    hey asshole.

    Lexus charges $55,000 for a car. Does that give you the right to steal one?
    You probably think so, but youre too pussy to do some shit like that.

    If you dont like what they charge dont buy it you stupid fuck.

    Oh and just to make things clear, I download shit like a madman.
    I literally have about 400 mp3s. I havent bought a cd in about a year.
    But all Im saying is that its wrong. Just because I do it and like it doesnt make it right. Excuse-making assholes is what you both are.
  13. Swiffer Jet

    Swiffer Jet Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 14, 2003 Messages: 2,669 Likes Received: 0
    i download music.

    i only download songs that i know i can't get ahold of in a store. [mostly trance...hehe]

    but other than that, i support the artist(s) by buying their CD...and then ripping it into my computer and then making a burnt copy for me to put into my car. :)

    or i would make my own mixed CD.

    but if it's southern rap stuff, i'd either borrow it then burn it or download it. just because supporting people who flaunt their money and talking about sluts is not my thing. heh...
  14. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Hahaha.....this kittens got claws! Looks like we struck a chord with this one.

    Fuck off with this holier than thou bullshit. I could give a fuck less what your opinions are. I'll download music to my heart's content, even if it does make mapo cry.......
  15. Don Tahn

    Don Tahn Member

    Joined: Feb 18, 2003 Messages: 272 Likes Received: 0
    stealing is charging 19.95 for a cd that costs 3 dollars to make.
    and stealing is wronggggg.