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Why the RIAA Sucks March 15, 2008

Posted by BrewFan in Crime, Law, Music, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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The backlash against the aggressive tactics of the RIAA is starting to build momentum. From a recently filed class action law suit:

For nearly three years of her life, Tanya Andersen and her young daughter were subjected to an outrageous series of baseless accusations and unrelenting threats of financial ruin. The world’s four major recording studios had devised an illegal enterprise intent on maintaining their virtually complete monopoly over the distribution of recorded music. The enterprise is conducted with total disregard for innocent individuals. Dead people have been sued. Children have been sued. People without computers have been sued. As a senior RIAA spokeswoman explained: “When you fish with a net, you are going to catch a few dolphins”. By their own early admission, they were knowingly engaged in a “driftnet fishing” operation and “innocent dolphins” were the collateral damage in their “nets”.

What is interesting about this and some other recent cases is that the RIAA and their agents are going to have to go through the discovery phase, finally. In the past the RIAA has managed to hide much of their shady tactics by dropping suits they filed if they were challenged. If I understand correctly (I’m not a lawyer, I just play one on TV) because they are the defendants they will not be able to avoid discovery. Our resident legal eagles may want to elaborate some.

Go get ’em Tanya, et al.

UPDATE: What other bad news could there be for the companies that make up RIAA? How about musicians redefining the business model for selling their product? Trent Reznor is blazing that trail

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1. Muslihoon - March 15, 2008

I think The Church of Scientology has demonstrated quite well that strong-armed tactics do not work out in the end. They may win the battle, but they very well may lose the war.

The PR backlash, which is very difficult for them (COS and RIAA) to control and handle, can cost a pretty dollar.

BTW, there’s another “religious” entity with the initials COS: the Church of Satan. Coincidence?

Thanks for the news, BrewFan.

2. dr4 - March 15, 2008

Who’s ready for some Bluegrass!!!!???

Ive noticed that the prettier a bluegrass song is sung the more fucked up the lyrics tend to be. Knoxville Girl is a good example of this.

3. dr4 - March 15, 2008

That version of Knoxville Girl was cleaned up for tv. Heres one with more traditional (and creepier) lyrics:

4. Sobek - March 15, 2008

A Plaintiff can unilaterally drop a suit if there’s no counterclaim, but a Defendant always has the right to file a counterclaim, which locks the Plaintiff into the discovery process (or, in the alternative, pressures Plaintiff into settling).

5. Michael - March 16, 2008

I’ll tell you what this means. This means you all should listen to my legal Sonific excellent music selections of unknown artists, that’s what this means.

Man, I feel so unappreciated right now.

6. Muslihoon - March 16, 2008

*giggle* I had an idea. (I know, it’s a strange sensation.)

Why don’t we publicize their dolphins statement? Cast them as evil animal haters, dolphin slayers. What next? They want to depopulate the whales because some of the whales sound like RIAA’s clients? It is the duty of all animal-lovers to dislike the RIAA. (Unless they use dolphin-friendly nets. And stop hunting whales. And save the polar bears. The poor, poor polar bears. And the rich ones too.)

7. i knew the riaa was bad, but… « homosexual atheist artist teenager with a.d.d. - March 16, 2008

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8. Piracy EFF » Blog Archive » Comment on Why the RIAA Sucks by Muslihoon - March 22, 2008

[…] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThe PR backlash, which is very difficult for them (COS and RIAA) to control and handle, can cost a pretty dollar. BTW, there’s another “religious” entity with the initials COS: the Church of Satan. Coincidence? Thanks for the news, … […]

9. Jay - August 2, 2009

The RIAA sucks because it causes a stagnation in music. They will only promote what is cheap to produce and will appeal to the current mainstream, with little or no gambling on refreshing music.

Trance, house, and other European electronic styles are genres that the big U.S. media companies will never embrace, since the artists who produce it enjoy a large amount of freedom and creativity. American labels want complete control. Foreign music will also consume sales from America-made music.

There are styles worldwide that, despite global success or popularity, will be kept out of the American mainstream due to the large music labels and the RIAA keeping it out, in order to maximize their own profits and maintain control.

The RIAA is bad for artists, bad for music, bad for consumers.

It is fantastic, however, for fat suits who want to maximize profit and exercise absolute control over a medium.

10. Boing - November 10, 2010

WOW, I just quoted this thing they said about the “dolphin” and how when using there “net” they would catch a few dolphins”. In other words, the dolphins being the more innocent ones you don’t want in the net. THE RIAA are thieves that are hiding behind poorly written laws. They are disgusting posers pretending to be good-doers. They should all go to prison. Every last one of them. And for the weak minded, NO, I don’t condone piracy, but so many people are missing the point. While they talk about piracy, here they are taking peoples life savings and raking it it. Yes, the RIAA suck!


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